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.
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?
@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?
Charles Liu says
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.
Thanks for proving my point in #1.
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)
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.
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)?
Do you think that if a gymnast competed in particular events in Beijing, that they would stick with the same events for London 2012???