International Olympic Committee stripped Dong Fangxiao of her Olympic bronze medal.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Yang Yun left, and Dong Fangxiao right

The International Olympic Committee stripped Dong Fangxiao of her bronze medal in gymnastics. sports reports, "An investigation by the International Gymnastics Federation concluded that China's team included Dong Fangxiao, who was 14 at the time of the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. Olympics rules set a minimum age of 16 for Games participation."

Sports News says, "Dong Fangxiao’s results from Sydney were wiped out in February after the International Gymnastics Federation determined she was only 14 at the 2000 Olympics. Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible."

Artesia News reports on the investigation, "...Chinese officials provided original passports, ID cards and family registers that showed all of the gymnasts were old enough to compete. But the FIG said it wasn’t satisfied with “the explanations and evidence provided to date” for Dong and a second Sydney gymnast, Yang Yun."

Age verification has been a rumored problem in the Olympics for quite some time. Now one young gymnast looses a medal.

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