The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed today that it has asked the International Gymnastics Federation to investigate the Chinese gymnastics underage fiasco, following new evidence that at least two gymnasts competed under the legal age in the Olympics.
A hacker by the handle of â€œstryde.haxâ€ (every time I read that I think to myself â€œDoes he use Stridex?â€) tracked down some evidence of the real birth dates of He Kexin and Yang Yilin that shows that they are actually 14 years old.
Basically, the Chinese government had any traces of their actual birth dates deleted from everywhere â€” even Googleâ€™s cache â€” but this hacker tracked it down in the document translation cache of Chinese search giant Baidu. Which isnâ€™t really hacking so much as it is, ya know, good old-fashioned American ingenuity. You can check out the documents here and here, but theyâ€™re in Chinese so good luck with that. You can also check out stryde.haxâ€™s blog on the issue here.
Emmanuelle Moreau, IOCâ€™s Media Relations Manager in Beijing, said in an email that, â€œthe IOC has therefore asked the International Gymnastics Federation to endeavor to find out more. We understand they are doing so immediately.â€
Although I commend the Chinese and their efforts in the Olympics — those young gals are tremendously good, they should follow the rules like everyone else. If the rules say, “you must be 16 years of age”, then they need to be 16 years of age.
source: Investigating the Chinese Gymnasts â€” FINALLY! [evil beet gossip]
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