The Olympic Games have not yet started, but already host country China has been accused of cheating.
The accusations center around two women on the gymnastics team who may be a few years short of 16, the lower age limit imposed by the Olympics since 1997. Conflicting records indicate that He Kexin and Jiang Yuyuan may be as young as 14.
Chinese gymnastics officials have stated that they are relying on Ms. He and Ms. Jiang’s passports, both of which indicate that the women are in fact 16 years old.
Well, that settles it. I mean, to pull off this kind of fraud on the international gymnastics community would require iron-fisted control over a corrupt bureaucracy staffed entirely by civil servants too frightened or misguidedly patriotic to blow the whistle. There’s no way that could happen in China!
BTW, this is not the first time that the question has come up. In a televised interview, Chinese gymnast Yang Yun said that she was 14 at the time of the Sydney Olympics in 2000, at which she won individual and team bronze medals.
North Korea, however, holds the record for the most brazen attempt to add a couple of years to a gymnast’s age. At the 1991 world championships the North Korean team included a gymnast named Kim Gwang Suk, who claimed to be 16. Ms. Kim was 4 feet 4 inches tall, weighed 62 pounds, and was still missing her two front teeth. During one stretch in her career, the North Korean Gymnastics Federation had listed Ms. Kim’s age as 15 for 3 straight years.
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