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Friday, August 22, 2008

OLYMPIC NEWS UPDATE---IOC TO INVESTIGATE AGES OF CHINESE GYMNASTS



NBC reports that the International Olympics Committee has asked gymnastics officials to investigate whether or not some of the Chinese gymnasts are of age to compete in the Gymnastics competition. In quotes from the IOC as to what prompted this new investigation they have said
"more information has come to light."
and
"If there is a question mark and we have a concern, which we do, we ask the governing body of any sport to look into it."

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) is the organization the IOC has asked to conduct the investigation based on this new information, but it is not clear exactly what this new information is. The FIG has held the position that a passport is the accepted document of age verification and both the FIG and the IOC have verified these passports containing the ages of the girls.Earlier in the week FIG president Bruno Grandi was interviewed by the Associated Press and said that
"We are not in a position to say 'It's good, it's not good.' It's a government document,"
However there is speculation that recent media reports and online documents may have caused at least part of this new investigation. The three girls currently in question are He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan, and Yang Yilin.

If the evidence does prove that these girls are underage, the Chinese would lose 6 medals including a gold in the team competition and a gold on the uneven, a gold won by a computer decided tiebreaker between He Kexin and American gymnast Nastia Lukin.

Stay tuned and I will give updates as much as possible about this breaking news on these Chinese gymnasts. Hopefully we will know more tomorrow.

Anthony

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