China experienced the IOC’s version of “vacated wins” earlier this week. That is to say, they were slapped on the wrist for doing something uncouth, but don’t really face any legitimate sanctions. It was the team gymnastics bronze medal that China took home from the Sydney Olympics that served as the proverbial banner coming down from the rafters. The infraction? Dong Fangxiao, a Chinese gymnast who was only 14 at those Games, did not meet the minimum age requirement of 16 years.
“I’m really just proud to know that justice prevailed,” said Dominique Dawes, a member of the U.S. squad in 2000. “My teammates are very well-deserving of the bronze medal, and I’m sure each and every one of us will be thrilled. We will cherish it.”
Dong’s results from Sydney were nullified in February by the International Gymnastics Federation. Because her scores contributed to China winning the team bronze, the FIG recommended that the IOC take the medal back. –USA Today.
I feel bad for those other Chinese women. Not because of the medal, but because they’re basically brainwashed into giving up all of their female children for adoption. Maybe after The Powers That Be go through the painstaking chore of rounding up all of those bronze medals, they could address the human rights atrocities in that country. In the meantime, I’ll keep wearing my $4 tees from Walmart and enjoy pirated music on my mp3 player. You know where to reach me.