The 2008 Beijing Olympics are fascinating and trying — but the greatest testament against the spirit of competition is the obvious and purposeful “age faking” by the Chinese government to thwart the International Olympic Committee’s requirement that female gymnasts be at least 16-years-old during the year in which they are competing.
Here’s the USA women’s gymnastics team.
You can tell just by looking at them that they are full-bodied and mature young women who are all at least 16-years-old.
Now look at the Chinese team. They look like babies!
Not all of them are 16 even though their official “documentation” from the Chinese government claims otherwise.
He Kexin — the star of the team — appears to be only 14.
Bela Karolyi, famous women’s gymnastics coach and current NBC Sports
analyst, said on the air the other night that the Chinese women’s
gymnastics team is a “fraud” when it comes to age.
Karolyi also said there isn’t much you can do about the fraud when the documentation for age comes directly from the government perpetuating the fraud.
Is the IOC afraid of offending China? China doesn’t seem bothered by offending the spirit of competition under the Olympic rings.
If the IOC is adamant about testing for gender, and for performance enhancing drugs and for blood boosting — why doesn’t the IOC care about their own age requirements?
There must be a bone density scan or tooth enamel test that will prove the true age of any Olympic competitor. If the IOC wants us to care about its athletes, then the burden is on them to make sure every single country plays by the rules.
In light of these age revelations against China from inside China, the only route to restore the order and the grace of the Olympics is for the IOC to strip China of their team gold medal in women’s gymnastics and also revoke any medals won by those Chinese babies in the individual and single event contests.
If the IOC chooses to ignore the baby gymnasts and allow China to take broad political and moral revenge against the sports world — then we must choose to ignore the Olympics sponsors by voting with our pocketbooks to protest the Chinese cheating and demand a meaningful resolution in the name of fair play and the Olympic spirit.