Friday, August 22, 2008

Olympic Gymnastics Age Scandal

In case anyone has not been watching or reading about the Olympic gymnastics competition, a quick summary here: To compete in the Olympics, athletes must turn 16 during the year of the competition. Questions have been raised about the actual ages of the athletes on the Chinese women’s gymnastic team, particular gold medal winner He Kexin.

So the IOC (International Olympic Committee) set out to investigate the allegations. After a ‘thorough’ 12 hour investigation, the decision came back that all of the women athletes were of proper age.

What kind of nonsense is that? This is a disgrace. In my opinion, and the opinion of many others, it casts a dark shadow over these Olympics and, particularly, China.

Why am I writing about this in my travel blog? Because my husband and I have been looking at a trip to China and all this doesn’t leave me feeling good about the country. It would be nice, for all parties, if a thorough investigation was done to really put all these rumors to rest.

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