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07/28/2008 09:59 AM ID: 72313 Permalink   

Questions Raised Over Age of Chinese Olympic Gymnasts


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..."

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  by: StarShadow     07/28/2008 10:40 AM     
  Why is there an age limit?  
Are they afraid 14 year olds will win?
  by: H. W. Hutchins   07/28/2008 12:03 PM     
  What's the maximum age?  
  by: valkyrie123     07/28/2008 03:20 PM     
There's a 67 yr old japanese competing in Equestrian named Hiroshi Hoketsu, though I believe his horse is a lot more
younger and will be doing all the job.
  by: fileno22   07/28/2008 03:39 PM     
  @H. W. Hutchins  
If someone's competing at such a high level of sport at too young an age, their bodies won't develop properly into adolescence, which includes proper bone and muscle growth. Some of the other major problems with female athletes is the delayed onset of their menstrual cycle, but you don't have to be competing at an olympic level to place your body under too much stress for it to want to give birth.

So basically, too much sport (olympic level) too young inhibits your development.
  by: gimboid   07/31/2008 01:54 PM     
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