08.14.08 10 years ago 23 Comments

Hey, remember when the Chinese gymnasts won Olympic team gold with girls who were obviously under the legal competitive age of 16?  As it turns out, at least one of the girls is under the age of 16.

Just nine months before the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government's news agency, Xinhua, reported that gymnast He Kexin was 13, which would have made her ineligible to be on the team that won a gold medal this week. […]

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has said repeatedly that a passport is the "accepted proof of a gymnast's eligibility," and that He and China's other gymnasts have presented ones that show they are age eligible. The IOC also checked the girls' passports and deemed them valid.

Oh, it's good to know that the Chinese girls all have valid passports saying they have valid ages.  The only way they could get their ages faked would be if an iron-fisted communist government hellbent on Olympic domination deliberately altered their birthdays on official documents.  Thank God there's no way that could happen.

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