Chinese Olympic gymnasts – not yet underage

The Associated Press:

… A ruling on whether China competed with two underage gymnasts at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney has been pushed back until at least next year.

A disciplinary commission of the International Gymnastics Federation told that group’s executive committee, which met Sept. 23-25, that it has yet to finish its investigation.

If the gymnasts were underage, the commission could recommend sanctions to the FIG’s executive committee. It won’t meet again until the end of February, so no decision can come before then …

The gymnasts, Dong Fangxiao and Yang Yun, are suspected of being as young as 14 in Sydney. Gymnasts must turn 16 during an Olympic year to be eligible to compete. …

read the entire story – Chinese gymnast age probe continues

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AP Photo by AMY SANCETTA

Senor Nico on IG Forum points out some errors in the AP story. There’s some interesting discussion on that thread too.

Who are the “investigators”?

GHARBI Mohamed Rached – Tunisia

ALTABBAA Mouhammed Youssef – Syrian Arab Rep.

ENGELMANN Paul – Switzerland

SCHOENMAEKERS Marc – Belgium

HAGVERDIYEV Nihad – Azerbaijan

DIAS FERREIRA Margarida Eugenia – Portugal

FIG – Disciplinary Commission

If you know any of these men, ask them what’s taking so long?

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