It appears that an investigation is finally under way to seek more information on the age status of Olympics performers.
Some suggest that if performers do not meet specs, they should lose medals earned. That is bad thinking. On an individual basis these performers earned their medals and should keep them. However, team coaches and retinue should be penalized.
A very mild judgment would prevent the gymnastic team from performing at the next Olympics and any other international meet for five years. That would send a signal and take the onus away from individual performers who have little choice but to perform.
A stronger signal would be to prevent China from participating in the next Summer Olympics. But as we know, that smacks of politics and will never carry any weight to fruition.
The world has realized that many of the rumors about China’s female gymnastic stars were true despite the assurances by the 2008 Olympic hosts. Documents have been discovered indicating that three of the gymnasts are under the 16-year-old age requirement.
I find this to be an unbelievable mistake by the Chinese, especially since they were the hosts for the 2008 Olympic Games. I strongly believe the Chinese should face consequences for their unacceptable mistakes.
Hopefully someone with power can do something about this, despite the fact that the games have officially concluded.