A new controversy has erupted in the 2008 Olympics within the realm of women’s gymnastics. While numerous technical mistakes and clumsy blunders clearly blocked any hopes of an American gold medal, suspicions about the eligibility of the gold medal winning Chinese team cast their victory in doubt. In competitions leading up to the Olympics, one of China’s leading gymnasts He Kexin was reported as being only 13 years old. Rules for eligibility require competitors to be at least 16 years old sometime during the Olympic year. He Kexin may be the youngest of the Chinese team, but she is not the only member whose age is in question. The IOC seems largely unconcerned and has kept its distance from the controversy in what many are crying is a hybrid appeasement of political and economic desires to keep China’s 1.3 billion strong audience content.
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