13 years ago
ufoglasshens

He Kexin, and other (possibly underaged) Chinese gymnasts.

No doubt that the girl has talent, but what do you think about the fuss about her possibly not being old enough to compet in the Olympics, but that she still remains a part of the Chineese team? If you haven't heared about this, then look her name up on Google and check it out, or look at this article for more information: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/27/sports/OLY.php. It's quite an interesting "case", and it seems He Kexin isn't the only one from the chinese team that is underaged but also gymnast Jiang Yuyuan. What do you think about all of this? And what should be done?
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13 years ago
larissa
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Well I do believe that He Kexin is underage. However, I disagree with the age restrictions in the first place. I think that the best athletes should be allowed to compete on the olympic stage, regardless of age. While that is my opinion, I think that while the rule is in place, the Chinese should have respected it. Since they didn't, I think they should be punished for breaking the rule.
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13 years ago
Baby Poots
I couldn't find anything in the Olympic Charter or the Mission Statement of the IOC that purports age discrimination. There are specific disciplines, such as gymnastics and figure skating, that have imposed age qualifications on the participants in those two events. I suspect fear of a 12 year old winning a gold, silver, or bronze medal during their first Olympic competition from a person who has been competing in the Olympics for eight or twelve years has something to do with that age discrimination. Professional atheletes compete in basketball and hockey. Tell me how you justify that. The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee is in Lausanne, Switzerland. I suggest you write them with your concerns. There are 205 National Olympic Committees, with the total membership of that committee not to exceed 115.
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13 years ago
Person
I think it ridiculous, but as host of the Olympics, the Chinese board seems to have the power to get this overlooked. I think it just shows how corrupt a lot of these sports are (did you see the diving comp?). I am thankful I was a swimmer and never had to deal with this.
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13 years ago
Kare Bear
I think they are. It isn't the first time that there have been questions about Chinese gymnast's ages... they are CHEATERS!!!
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