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Chinese Gymnasts' Ages To Be Investigated
Chinese Kids.jpgFrom the Olympic Sports Desk...

As most of you know, there has been some controversy surrounding the ages of the gold medal winning Chinese gymnastics team.

There is news today that there may be an investigation regarding the matter.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed to The Epoch Times today that it has asked the International Gymnastics Federation to investigate the Chinese gymnastics underage fiasco, following new evidence that at least two gymnasts competed under the legal age in the Olympics. After the initial dismissal of the claims, the IOC said in an email that there have been "additional elements on this subject."

I don't know if the tales of 5-year-old Chinese athletic prodigies being put into athlete factories are entirely accurate. The stories do seem to have some validity. (i.e.; the picture above.) Apparently it also happened in the former Soviet Union and East Germany.

If the ages of the gymnasts, especially that of He Kexin and Yang Yilin, are shown to be fabricated, I would imagine the gold medals would be in jeopardy.

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4 Comments

At least this is more plausible than Bigfoot and YouTube.

said Bigus Dickus on August 21, 2008 4:58 PM.

Bigus, YouTube is implausible?

said OM on August 21, 2008 5:13 PM.

The abuse of young girls to produce super athletes was one of the things that turned me off gymnastics. Two of my daughters were gymnasts, and one became anorexic to try to meet unrealistic standards.

said Barbwire on August 21, 2008 10:31 PM.

I'm pretty sure that NBC commentary will go something like this:

"I hope the IOC gives the little girls a good thrashing. Those babies deserve it. Take away their medals, disgrace them in front of the nation and execute their parents for good measure. Of course, this should not be seen as reflecting poorly on our wonderful host nation and the beautiful facilities that they have worked so hard to construct. The world has never seen anything as wonderful as this since the Cultural Revolution."

It is ridiculous how frightened the announcers are of casting the Chinese government in anything but the most glowing terms.

said Don't Swayze Bro on August 22, 2008 9:57 AM.
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