Cheaters!? Well….you be the judge. The last thing I want to do is piss off China.
The Chinese gymnastics team maybe host to an Olympic scandal. To be a qualified Olympic participant, you must be 16 years old. A little girl named He Kexin is said to only be 14 with a true birth date of January 1st 1994. After suspicion of the true age of one of the members of the team came under fire, an older article on the girl in question has surfaced.
“In its report Nov. 3, Xinhua identified He Kexin as one of “10 big new stars” who made a splash at China’s Cities Games. It gave her age as 13 and reported that she beat Yang Yilin on the uneven bars at those games. In the final, “this little girl” pulled off a difficult release move on the bars known as the Li Na, named for another Chinese gymnast, Xinhua said in the report, which appeared on one of its Web sites.”
Since the discovery of the page, it has been taken down. The New York Times also investigated the issue. They discovered that 3 of the team members are under the age of 16. That is half the team. In the 2000 Sydney Olympics the bronze medal winner admitted to only being 14 at the time of her win.
The catch? Their passports all state that they are 16 years old. Kexin’s passport birth date is January 1st 1992. Why use younger gymnasts? It provides an upper hand. The younger crowd is more flexible than the older gymnasts who have gone through or have started the puberty process. Currently there is nothing that can be done to prove the passports wrong.
“The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has said repeatedly that a passport is the “accepted proof of a gymnast’s eligibility,” and that He and China’s other gymnasts have presented ones that show they are age eligible. The IOC also checked the girls’ passports and deemed them valid.”
It is obvious there has been foul play. I bet one of their passport names is McLovin’ Pang or something.