Bela Karolyi On The Olympic Gymnastics Scandal: The Truth Is In The Teeth
The International Olympic Committee has ordered an investigation into the age of Chinese gymnast He Kexin, who could be stripped of her two gold medals if she is in fact 14, instead of the required 16 years of ...
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#1 Aug 22, 2008
I think that an investigation is completely necessary! Not only was it unfair for He to win the gold on the Uneven Bars against Nastia Liukin....since they tied, and Nastia's routine had WAY less mistakes than He's did. I was clear to me watching that Nastia should have taken the gold. Not only that, but what about the Russian gymnastic team? They could have possibly missed out on a bronze team medal, because of China's falsifying of documents which enabled them to win the gold team medal in the first place! That's who I feel bad for...the gymnast's who actually followed the rules and got nothing for it. I would hate to think of cheating in the Olympic's, because if we can't even be honest about our athletes, then what else are we lying about? This needs to be settled, and the Chinese women's team should be stripped of their gold team medal for lying about their gymnast's age. They must have to submit their birthdates for competition's right? So why aren't we going through all of those records to see what He's age was listed at in Nationals, the World Cup, etc. The proof is in the paperwork...and not the Chinese governments!
#2 Aug 22, 2008
Definitely. Rules are rules. The Chinese cheated and broke the rules. The IOC should have investigated the age discrepancies much earlier before the games evan began not just on He Kexin but on the other two underage gymnast on that team. The gold medals should be stripped from the Chinese gymnasts. Those gold medals have been "tainted" but nevertheless they should not be allowed to keep them. It doesn't surprise me what China will do to bring honor to their country. It's too bad that honor has soon turned to shame. China being the host olympic country should be ashamed and needs to publicly disgrace the coaches that allowed these ineligible little girls to compete. China, according to the rules in women's gymnastics, your country didn't win the gold at these olympic games, your country won something much bigger--the medal of shame.
#3 Aug 26, 2008
It's perfectly true. And it's not just He Kexin, either. They found evidence that five out of the six girls on the Chinese gymnastics team are underage. Personally, the only one that I thought looked old enough to compete was Cheng Fei, or whatever her name was. And, yes, there was something wrong with the scoring. He Kexin made 5 faults that I could see, and 2 of them were fairly major, including the fact that she did not even make the landing. Nastia Liukin made MAYBE 2 faults, both of them so minor that she wouldn't receive much of, if any deduction. And, you know, in the vault, Alicia Sacramone (did I spell that right?) did really good, and Cheng Fei landed on her KNEES in one of them, yet (of course) Cheng Fei somehow beat Alicia out of a bronze medal. What os up with that???
#4 Aug 27, 2008
I'll tell you what's up with that. I think that the chinese government made large investments in both training it's elite athletes and several judges. China absolutely dominated all of the judged competitions while there were obvious flaws that were marginialized for Chinese athletes and over-blown for the rest of the competitors. I also don't think that the chinese government much cares what is found out after-the -fact. They wanted their moment, and that's exactly what they got. Also, what's up with the IOC passing the investigative "buck" to FIG? Cowards!
#5 Aug 27, 2008
I agree with all of you. I hate to bang on the Chinese, but its clearly there.
I'm myself an Asian, never seen an Asian whom looks that young.
Nastia should of got the gold....without a question...hands down. How could you not argue with that.
However, we think about it...
Not all those judges are experienced. Some countries don't have gymnastics in their country.
Take "Thailand" for example. If they were to judge, how could they give the actual deserved score.
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