Wednesday, October 08, 2008

FIG Concludes Investigation Into Age of Beijing Gymnasts

The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) has concluded its investigation into the age of Chinese gymnasts who competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, following allegations that double gold medal winner He Kexin (何可欣) was 14 – below the FIG’s minimum age of 16 for artistic gymnastics.

In a somewhat cryptic statement, the FIG revealed that the ages of the athletes under investigation had been ‘confirmed’ and that conclusions had been shared with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who now also considered the case closed.

“We are satisfied with the information provided by FIG, and we now consider the (2008) matter closed”, Emmanuelle Moreau, spokeswoman for the IOC, told Associated Press. Presumably this means that both the FIG and the IOC are satisfied that the athletes concerned were 16 at the time of the Beijing Olympics.

However, some questions remain. The FIG said it is still investigating the age of Chinese gymnasts Dong Fangxiao and Yang Yun, who competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, as it ‘does not consider the explanations and evidence provided to date in regards to these athletes as satisfactory’.

Andy Brown 


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