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China cheated in 2000, IOC says, so what about 2008

Posted by Author on April 29, 2010

USAtoday, Apr. 28, 2010-

The International Olympic Committee’s
decision Wednesday to strip China of the bronze medal it won by cheating in the women’s gymnastics team competition at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games is the best sign yet that China was using underage gymnasts when it really mattered to them — at their own 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The IOC will never take away the team gold medal the Chinese won in 2008 over the United States. We know this because the IOC and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) washed their hands of the situation and refused to act 18 months ago, presumably out of fear of ruining the legacy of China’s Olympics by altering the results of the Games’ marquee event.

But this week’s ruling tells us all we need to know about business as usual in Chinese women’s gymnastics, where little gymnasts’ birthdates were altered so they could be used as pawns by the government, just as East German athletes were used by the state during its systemic and widespread cheating through the use of steroids a generation or two ago.

Much was written and said in 2008about five of the six members of China’s gold medal-winning women’s gymnastics team — little girls who said they were 16, likely were 14 and looked like they were 12……. (USAtoday.com)

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