For years, experts have accused China of lying about the age of its gymnasts in using underaged girls at the Olympic Games. Now, the International Olympic Committee has confirmed that China did lie to the world about the age of gymnast Dong Fangxiao who won the bronze medal in the Sydney Games. Her blog states that she had been born in the Year of the Ox, which ran from February 1985 to February 1986 — three years later than previously stated by China.
Despite years of such controversies, the Olympic committee continues to take China’s word for the age of such gymnasts with the simple presentation of easy forged documents as in the most recent controversy in the 2008 games, here. This includes the scandal over the age of medalist He Kexin, here.
Previously, one Chinese medalist admitted that her age was falsified in 2000. Yang Yun won two bronze medals and apparently was not required to give them back (which may explain the lack of deterrence on the issue).
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) stated it “conducted an inquiry which showed that the athlete was only 14 years old during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.”
Though China gave a birthdate to the FIG of Jan. 20th 1983, she was found to have been born on Jan. 23rd 1986. That would have made her 14 in Sydney.