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Thursday, August 21, 2008

He (who is actually a she) may be too young to be a gold medal Olympian


Just nine months before the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government’s news agency, Xinhua, reported that gymnast He Kexin, who was in the Chinese team that won a gold medal this week, was 13, which would have made her ineligible to be in the team. The evidence is apparently, here .You have to be 16 in the year that the Olympics is held. A March 2008 story in the China Daily listed her as 14. The story has gone now, but here's the cache

Chinese authorities, backed up with a passport, responded to officials. He is 16, yes, she is.

A May 23 story in the China Daily newspaper, the official English-language paper of the Chinese government, said He was 14. The story was later corrected to list her as 16. Last week The Associated Press found the Xinhua report on the site Thursday morning and saved a copy of the page. Later that afternoon, the Web site was still working but the page was no longer accessible. Sports editors at the state-run news agency would not comment for publication.
Update...Two days later.. The Herald has found out about the story

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