Bela Karolyi's solution would end age limit at Olympics

There are 6 comments on the NJ.com story from Aug 7, 2008, titled Bela Karolyi's solution would end age limit at Olympics. In it, NJ.com reports that:

Like true Olympic gymnasts, the Americans nailed their routines Thursday. They sat behind the microphones, flashed their girl-next-door smiles and responded to questions about possible Chinese cheating with the ...

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Curatipsum

Federal Way, WA

#1 Aug 15, 2008
If China is anything like America, you can bet your ass a long lost classmate, teacher, neighbor, or a gymnast she knocked out of a competition who will call her out for being underage.

He Kexin is obviously quite accomplished - she didn’t just fall from the sky. She has to have a history, previous competitions, training records, athletic medical records etc…

Bela is an amazing person, and I do not believe for a minute that he is saying this for unpure reasons. This in no way is sour grapes. His life has been training young gymnasts since the 70’s – I think he is well qualified and if he sees a concern, I say, listen to him.

Show us your birth certificate and let’s get this over with. Birth announcement. Something. Her not offering additional proof looks suspicious to me.
Curatipsum

Federal Way, WA

#2 Aug 15, 2008
Oh and one more thing. Let's all remember this is WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS, not children gymnastics... And I don't give a good darn rats ass if the gymnast is 10, 12 or 14 - you should NOT be competing in the Olympics if you are a child. If you are, your parents, your coaches, and your country have all failed you.
concerned

Fort Worth, TX

#3 Aug 16, 2008
If china has any decency and wants to prove their honesty to the world come out with all documentation of her age meaning her complete history of her achievments since day one if they don;t comply shame on china and this 2008 olympics will believe to have been tarnished by china.
Proof is in documentation

Bend, OR

#4 Aug 16, 2008
I totally agree with concerned. Show us you proof not a doctored up fake passport. And shame on the IOC for not following through with this concern, if they want to be proud of their medals they need to prove these girls are legitimate in competing. These girls look like they are 12, I have 5 daughters and none of them looked that young at 16 they don't even have their permanent teeth!
anon

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#5 Aug 31, 2008
All documents can be recreated like the birth certificate or whichever. Like Bela said, probably nothing will happen since proof will be very difficult.

“sure”

Since: Dec 07

Wakayama

#6 Sep 19, 2008
Bela is a crybaby

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