Xi Jinping kicks a football during a visit to Ireland in 2012. The Chinese government has declared that sport will be worth 5 trillion yuan to the economy by 2025 – but illegal gambling is worth almost 4 trillion yuan already. Photo: Reuters

How China's massive illegal betting industry threatens efforts to make sport key part of economy

Global security expert warns that US$600 billion black market remains ‘driving force’ behind sport corruption

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Xi Jinping kicks a football during a visit to Ireland in 2012. The Chinese government has declared that sport will be worth 5 trillion yuan to the economy by 2025 – but illegal gambling is worth almost 4 trillion yuan already. Photo: Reuters
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