Thursday, August 21, 2008

IOC Reportedly Probing Chinese Gymnast's Age After Security Expert Reveals Documents - UPDATE [2]


The International Olympic Committee is launching an investigation into Chinese gold-medal-winning gymnast He Kexin's age, the Times of London is reporting. Mounting allegations that Chinese authorities covered up the Olympian's age triggered the IOC to act.

Mike Walker, a U.S. computer expert said on Thursday, that he had uncovered Chinese documents that prove He is just 14, making her ineligible to compete. Officials in China insist she is 16.

If an investigation finds that He is indeed 14, and not 16 as her passport indicates, she could be stripped of her gold medals in both team and individual gymnastics events.

More here.

UPDATE: 23:01 PDT: It looks like the IOC is waffling on the issue. We'll have to wait and see what the final outcome of this mess turns out. -ferg

UPDATE: 23:28 PDT, 23 August 2008: Oh -- it was just a paperwork mix-up. Right. -ferg


At Thu Aug 21, 07:03:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone wants to find the age of this child why not look at dental Xrays or examine her teeth which on TV look like she may be 12-14 at the most. Dental Xrays can determine age.

At Fri Aug 22, 07:04:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chinese handed over He's "old" passport as additional proof that she is 16. It seems strange to me that a "16 year old" would even have an old passport to hand over. Why would she need to renew her passport?

At Fri Aug 22, 07:06:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another method to help determine her age would be to look at school report cards... what grade is she in??

At Fri Aug 22, 01:15:00 PM PDT, Blogger XenoPhage said...

This seems to be such a big deal, but one wonders if it would be such a huge issue if the Chinese didn't win the gold... Would the media be making such a huge fuss over this if the Americans won?

Regardless, if it's cheating, it should be outed, but still, something to ponder..


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