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Posted 8/21/08 , edited 8/24/08


IOC orders investigation into He Kexin's age

By Chris Chase

The International Olympic Committee has ordered an investigation into the age of Chinese gymnast He Kexin, The Times of London reports. Faced with almost insurmountable evidence which suggests that He is two years younger than the birth date listed on her Chinese passport, the IOC has launched an inquiry that could result in the stripping of He's gold medals.

This news comes on the heels of another Times report that details the findings of a New York computer security expert who found official Chinese documents that list He's age as 14 years and 220 days. Mike Walker used a Chinese search engine's cache feature to find He's actual date of birth on spreadsheets from a Chinese government website. The spreadsheets were taken down off the site recently and He's name had been removed.

Assuming the IOC is committed to a real investigation and not some dog and pony show, the revelation that the Chinese government covered up the ages of gymnasts could end up being the defining moment of these Games for the host country. Officials wanted the Olympics to be a coming out party for a new China. But while the Games have been a huge success, there is a legitimate possibility that China's legacy from Beijing '08 will be that of a massive government cover-up, not the magical Opening Ceremony or the transformation of Beijing or anything else positive.

All the good work China did to put on these Olympics could be forgotten because of an unnecessary, arrogant move by the government. Why risk everything to put a 14-year old in the competition when they could have replaced her with an of-age 16-year old gymnast? Sure, He is a better gymnast than the Chinese gymnasts who were eligible to compete, but with the judges they had at the Olympics, would it really have mattered?




should he kexin be stipped off her medal???
i think she should be stripped off her medal..its not fair for the other athletes ...

wat do u guys think??
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Posted 8/21/08
i agree with you
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Posted 8/21/08
Yes she should as she (or the government) did not comply with the regulations.

But really, it's sad. disqualifying the athlete because she's younger than everyone else and still managed to kick her competitors' asses.
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Does age matter at the olympics? I mean as long as your good and you didn't take any specialized drug then why can't you enter the olympics to represent your country? I say age shouldn't matter
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I'll have to wait until the investigation is over until I make up my mind...


BlargTheCat wrote:

Does age matter at the olympics? I mean as long as your good and you didn't take any specialized drug then why can't you enter the olympics to represent your country? I say age shouldn't matter


I do agree on age limits, it's not a good thing to have 10 year olds in the Olympics. They are then just pushing them too hard is not what I agree with at such a young age.

The major concern with this whole thing is that China -might- be lying about their gymnasts ages.


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Well, even if she won against the others, it's still cheating, no matter how good she is. So yes, they should take the gold medal away from her.

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The one who will receive the gold medal (after the previous one stripped off) will have no pride a all. Beaten by 14 years old girl, and get a gold medal because she is actually beaten by 14 years old girl. LOL.
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tweety_cool wrote:

The one who will receive the gold medal (after the previous one stripped off) will have no pride a all. Beaten by 14 years old girl, and get a gold medal because she is actually beaten by 14 years old girl. LOL.


not really since being younger in this sport is an advantage since the body is naturally lighter and more flexible
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Breaking the rules does not make them better. Take em away from cheaters I say!
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well in chinese calander terms it is possible to be 2 years older than u rilly r like wen ur born ur 1 and if your birthday is befor chinese new year u get another year after said new year so iono either way i dont think they should take the medals away cuz she pwns
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kungz wrote:

ok..so ...the IOC investigated he kexin's age nd found out tht her real age is 14 yrs.

IOC orders investigation into He Kexin's age


Okay.... where did you get the first sentence from?

Just because they are investigating it doesn't mean that it's true.

What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

If she really were 14, then I really think the entire Chinese female gymnastics team should do an re-evaluation of themselves so that they wouldn't do something like this again.
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they should know the rules..
of course they should be stripped of their medal
sneaking a 14 year old in against the rules just puts your country to shame.

but like the person above me said
they are innocent until proven guilty.
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Posted 8/22/08
wait for the results before deciding ...
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Posted 8/22/08
give her another chance at london 2012
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idarklight wrote:


kungz wrote:

ok..so ...the IOC investigated he kexin's age nd found out tht her real age is 14 yrs.

IOC orders investigation into He Kexin's age


Okay.... where did you get the first sentence from?

Just because they are investigating it doesn't mean that it's true.

What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

If she really were 14, then I really think the entire Chinese female gymnastics team should do an re-evaluation of themselves so that they wouldn't do something like this again.


oh woops my mad..
ignore the 1st sentence...
i wus really tired when i wrote this.. .
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