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Age falsification for some Chinese gymnists?


While everyone on the Chinese Olympic gymnastic team has a passport that indicates that they either are or will be 16 by the end of the 2008 calendar year, a requirement for them to be eligible to compete in the Beijing Games, some information has been uncovered that seems to prove otherwise.

News outlets have reported discovered official documents stating that three of China’s gymnasts, He Kexin, Yang Yilin and Jiang Yuyuan, are all too young to compete, meaning that their passports have been falsified.

The Times found two online records of official registration lists of Chinese gymnasts that list He’s birthday as Jan. 1, 1994, which would make her 14. A 2007 national registry of Chinese gymnasts — now blocked in China but viewable through Google cache — shows He’s age as “1994.1.1.”

Another registration list that is unblocked, dated Jan. 27, 2006, and regarding an “intercity” competition in Chengdu, China, also lists He’s birthday as Jan. 1, 1994. That date differs by two years from the birth date of Jan. 1, 1992, listed on He’s passport, which was issued Feb. 14, 2008.

…The other gymnast, Jiang, is listed on her passport — issued March 2, 2006 — as having been born on Nov. 1, 1991, which would make her 16 and thus eligible to compete at the Beijing Games.

A different birth date, indicating Jiang is not yet 15, appears on a list of junior competitors from the Zhejiang Province sports administration. The list of athletes includes national identification card numbers into which birth dates are embedded. Jiang’s national card number as it appears on this list shows her birth date as Oct. 1, 1993, which indicates that she will turn 15 in the fall, and would thus be ineligible to compete in the Beijing Games.

[Via Digg and The Gymblog]


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