Breaking News: Chinese Olympic Gymnasts of Legal Age to Compete
Posted Oct 01 2008 4:13pm
The International Gymnastics Federation said today that the Chinese women gymnasts who completed at this year's Beijing Olympic Games were legit.
Athletes must be at least 16 in the year the games take place. In
women's gymnastics, younger girls can have an advantage over older
competitors on account of their often smaller, lighter and more agile
CNN is also reporting that: "The federation said it has concluded its inquiry into the matter
after it confirmed the gymnasts' ages through official documents that
the Chinese Gymnasts Association provided. The documents included
passports, identity cards and household registers.
organization intends to further investigate the ages of two gymnasts,
Dong Fangxiao and Yang Yun, who participated in the 2000 summer games
in Sydney, Australia. The federation said it did not consider the
explanations and evidence that Chinese authorities provided in regard
to those athletes as satisfactory.
The International Olympic
Committee had asked gymnastics officials to clarify the situation after
numerous commentators, bloggers and others questioned whether about
half the members of China's team were old enough to compete. "