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Friday, August 22, 2008

Quit Your Bitching!!

Oh good Lord!! People just can't quit their bitching!!

Olympics probe into China's 'underage' teenage gymnast

The International Olympic Committee has ordered an investigation into allegations Chinese authorities falsified the age of a double gold medal winning gymnast because she was too young to compete.

China's He Kexin, who won team gold in artistic gymnastics and an individual title on the asymmetric bars, was registered as being born on January 1, 1992.

There have been persistent media allegations that He had competed in earlier tournaments under a later birth date, and on Thursday an American computer expert said he had uncovered Chinese state documents that proved she was 14 and not 16.

The caption on a photograph published by Chinese state news agency Xinhua last year referred to '13-year-old He Kexin', while China Daily reported in May that she was 14.

Britain's Beth Tweddle finished fourth in the uneven bars behind He Kexin and bronze medallist Yang Yilin.

An IOC official said the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) had been asked to look into 'discrepancies' over He's age, but others stressed she had already been cleared to compete.

'Everything that has been received so far shows we have no problem of eligibility for these competitors,' said the IOC's sports director Christophe Dubi, adding FIG had asked the Chinese national gymnastics federation to investigate.

IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies added the organisation wanted to clear up the matter 100 percent 'and put it to rest'.

Gymnasts must turn 16 in the year of the Games to take part, a rule introduced in 1997 to protect their wellbeing, and China's gymnastics coach told a news conference all the team 'were in total compliance with the age requirement'.

'Since Asian bodies are not the same as Westerners', there have been questions, but there shouldn't be,' Chinese head coach Huang Yubin said.

China has invested billions in selecting and training its athletes from a young age, an effort rewarded by top spot in the medals table, with 46 golds.

This has been seen as a sign China has the sporting prowess to match its rising superpower status.

There has been criticism of the system even from within China, though, with one former Olympic medallist saying many children who fail to make the grade are left without sufficient education or social skills.

Let's clear one thing up. The United States DEMANDED that the IOC investigate. The IOC wasn't simply asked by some secret person.

Notice that it was also an AMERICAN "computer expert" that supposedly found these documents "proving" that He Kexin wasn't 16. Is that what they're calling hackers these days? Silly me but I thought hacking was a crime!! Ah, never mind!!

The truth of the matter is, Americans will never be satisfied even if it's proven 100% that these gymnasts are old enough to compete. I'm waiting to hear the demand for endless medical tests, gynecological exams, proof of menstruation, and so on. Come on, you know it's going to happen!! You know exactly who is going to demand this. How much do you want to bet that there will be a demand to submit to medical tests performed by AMERICAN doctors? Think I'm joking? Think again!!

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