The International Olympic Committee has asked for an investigation into the ages of some of the Chinese gymnasts. Rumors have been flying since the games started that some of them, in particular He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan and Yang Yilin were not 16.
You can read about it here.
I’m torn about this. Of course I want everybody to play fair. And if these girls really are only 14 then the Chinese team was cheating and they shouldn’t get away with it. It isn’t fair to the other girls who really are playing by all the rules, not just the ones that are convenient.
On the other hand, if it turns out that these girls really are under 16, it also doesn’t seem fair somehow to take their medals away. They are just cogs in the machine, and didn’t have any control over what was happening. I’m pretty sure just refusing to perform wasn’t an option.
Honestly, I feel for them. I would hate to be in their shoes.