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(Letter) He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan, Yang Yilin Innocent of underage accusation by USOC

Yesterday the IOC announced the 2nd age investigation prompted by USOC CEO Jim Schurr, has again exhonorated the gymnasts of the under age accusation:


“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had specifically asked the FIG to investigate double Olympic gold-medallist He, who was registered as 16 although online media reports suggested she may have been 14.

Gymnasts must turn 16 in the year of an Olympics to take part.

“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 said.

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

Let’s see if Mike Walker, the “computer expret/hacker”, will post an apology on his website, now that the news has been pointed out to him by multiple bloggers.

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  1. wukong
    October 2nd, 2008 at 22:12 | #1

    It doesn’t matter.

    Thanks to CNN, USATODAY, NY Times, AP, Reuters etc, most of the casual western readers would’ve already believed that those girl gymnasts are under-aged, and that’s one more confirmation to their already held belief that China = “fake”.

    Once the impression is established, it’s hard to accept the opposite that would challenge their normal thinking. And how many of those same readers are going to read this new revelation, which is surely to be tucked under some back pages?

  2. October 2nd, 2008 at 22:32 | #2

    @Charles Liu – Let’s see:

    1) Age faking has been proved by a Chinese athlete’s own admission

    2) State-issued documents listing He Kexin as 14 years old did exist as late as the beginning of this year.

    3) The head of the Chinese sport authority described He Kexin as 13 years old in his speech at the closing ceremony of the Chinese city games last year.

    I do not see that Stridehax has anything to apologise for – can you tell me what he should apologise for?

  3. October 3rd, 2008 at 00:03 | #3

    FOARP, can you prove 1)? As to 2) the authority has acknowledged mistakes in the paper work; 3) if you are talking about Cui, he’s since made another statement addressing the misunderstanding.

  4. wukong
    October 3rd, 2008 at 00:17 | #4

    @FOARP #2

    Thanks for proving my point in #1.

  5. Amy
    January 28th, 2011 at 23:47 | #5


    Can anyone help me out regarding information about Yang Yilin???

    I have been trying endlessly to find out if she is going to be competing in London 2012 olympics, does anyone know? and if she is which events?

    it would be much appreciated if someone could help me out, I would LOVE for someone to reply (and say she is going to be competing)

    Thanks =)

  6. January 29th, 2011 at 00:42 | #6

    Given her performance at the Asia Games and the 2010 World Championships and 2009 World Cup rankings, she’s basically guaranteed to be competing in 2012.

    Data below is from Wikipedia.org.

    Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
    2010 Asian Games Guangzhou Team 1 234.150 1 234.150
    2010 World Cup/ Series Ghent Balance Beam 2 14.100 4 14.100
    2009 World Championships London All-around 6 56.575 8 55.500
    Uneven Bars 19 13.925
    Floor Exercise 34 13.025
    Balance Beam 8 13.125 7 14.375
  7. Amy
    January 29th, 2011 at 14:30 | #7

    A special thanks to YinYang, thanks for replying ^-^ I did recieve emails from various sites saying that it is too hard to tell, as that would be up to the Chinese trainer (and decided around one month before)

    I would really love for her to be competing, she is such a great athlete, I was so sorry when she had her back injury T.T

    She seems so friendly ^U^ Oh does anyone have an idea as to which events she may go in???
    (will it be the same as in Beijing? UB, All Round and team events)?

    Thanks 🙂

  8. Amy
    April 22nd, 2011 at 19:17 | #8


    Do you think that if a gymnast competed in particular events in Beijing, that they would stick with the same events for London 2012???

    Thanks ^0^

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