A controversy has erupted over the ages of two Olympic gymnasts in China after a newspaper article stated they were 14 years of age. Chinese sporting officials provided copies of their documents showing they were 16.
16 is the youngest an Olympic competitor is allowed to be. However, a file dated January 2006 on the site of the Chengdu Sports Bureau, shows one of the gymnasts to have been born in 1994, making her just 14.
The International Olympic Committee admitted questions were raised. "They immediately sent a copy of the passport, showing the age, and everything is OK. That's all we can check. As long as we have no official complaint, there is no reason to act..."