Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Chinese Gymnast's age - FIG ruling

The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) has completed its investigation into the ages of Chinese team gymnasts who competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Originals of official documents received from the Chinese Gymnastics Association, specifically passports, identity cards and family booklets or ‘Household Registers’, confirm the ages of the athletes.

The FIG has shared its conclusions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which originally requested the inquiry. It is considered that the case is now concluded.

However the FIG - with the agreement of the IOC - intends to investigate further the age of Chinese gymnasts Dong Fangxiao and Yang Yun who participated at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney (AUS). The FIG does not consider the explanations and evidence provided to date in regards to these athletes as satisfactory.

I think that they are still looking at Yang Yun and Dong Fangxiao shows hat they are having a serious look at the facts, but it is interesting that the harshest ruling they feel they can give is "the evidence is not satisfactory". I'm not surprised that they had to let the 2008 team go - I still think they were under aged - but if a country is willing to falsify multiple official documents in order to hide it then it is hard to pass the very high bar that the FIG needs to effectively alienate a country of 1.3 billion people.


Blogger Cheryl said...

Do they actually think the public will believe this drivel? What is so sad is that they have an excellent program and would have fared well without cheating. Their medals will be forever tainted.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Genius said...

I think it's the 'players' strategy as the Shaggy song goes, "it wazn't me!"

11:13 PM  

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