A determined U.S. computer expert has delved into cached pages on the Internet to unearth Chinese official documents showing a gymnast who took gold in the uneven bars competition, edging the U.S.'s Nastia Liukin, may indeed be underage.
She may not look as if she has reached the minimum competing age of 16, but China said her passport, issued in February, gives her birthday as Jan. 1, 1992. The International Olympic Committee said proof from her passport is good enough.
Finally, he tried the cache of Chinese search engine Baidu. There, he found that Baidu lists two spreadsheets in He’s name, both giving her date of birth as January 1, 1994 — making her 14 years and 220 days old and too young to compete at the Beijing games.
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That child does not appear to me to be 16. Neither do a couple of other competitors. Well, this is not surprising. China has been so often dishonest, that it is difficult to know when they are telling the truth.
As for the IOC, will they do anything? Or are they afraid of the juggernaut that is China?
Yet another reason why I do not regret refusing to watch the games on TV. I have only seen the coverage on the evening news.