Urbin Report

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The age of the Chinese Gymnasts

The NY Times wouldn't touch the Edwards story, but they are reporting on the age question of the Gold Medal winning Communist Chinese "women’s" gymnastics team.

In Chinese newspaper profiles this year, He was listed as 14, too young for the Beijing Games.

The Times found two online records of official registration lists of Chinese gymnasts that list He’s birthday as Jan. 1, 1994, which would make her 14. A 2007 national registry of Chinese gymnasts — now blocked in China but viewable through Google cache — shows He’s age as “1994.1.1.”

Another registration list that is unblocked, dated Jan. 27, 2006, and regarding an “intercity” competition in Chengdu, China, also lists He’s birthday as Jan. 1, 1994. That date differs by two years from the birth date of Jan. 1, 1992, listed on He’s passport, which was issued Feb. 14, 2008.
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The other gymnast, Jiang, is listed on her passport — issued March 2, 2006 — as having been born on Nov. 1, 1991, which would make her 16 and thus eligible to compete at the Beijing Games.

A different birth date, indicating Jiang is not yet 15, appears on a list of junior competitors from the Zhejiang Province sports administration. The list of athletes includes national identification card numbers into which birth dates are embedded. Jiang’s national card number as it appears on this list shows her birth date as Oct. 1, 1993, which indicates that she will turn 15 in the fall, and would thus be ineligible to compete in the Beijing Games.


The bottom line is that those kids are exactly as old as the Communist Chinese government says they are. When they were actually born has nothing to do with it.

The International Olympic Committee also doesn't have the balls to call the Communist Chinese government on it.

Update: For those of you too young to remember that whole Cold War thing, here is a Public Service Announcement:

It is pretty much expected that the Communist countries will cheat early and often.

We now return you to what ever reality you were comfortably enjoying.