More Evidence of Underage Chinese Athletes at the Olympics: This Time From Cached Baidu Pages
I don’t know about you, but I have no doubt that China juggled the ages of a number of athletes so they could compete. In addition to all the government media that in the past reported athletes being as young as 12.
The latest evidence comes from cached pages of Baidu.
The IOC’s response? One guess. Nope, I don’t see the need to investigate. The passports check out fine. Move along people, nothing to see here.
Cheating is not new to Beijing – this passage from ARS Technica makes that abundantly clear:
In 2000—three years after the minimum qualifying age for Olympic Gymnastic competition was raised to 16—Chinese gymnast Yang Yun won a bronze medal for her performance on the uneven bars. Yang’s passport showed her as 16 years old at the time, but the gymnast herself later admitted on Chinese national television that she and her coaches had lied about her age, and that she had been just 14 at the time. There’s also evidence that Chinese gymnast Li Ya was just 13 when she competed at the World Championships in Anaheim back in 2003.
I love the spirit of healthy competition and good sportsmanship that the Olympics bring forward. Just love it.
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