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FIG Rules Against Dong Fanxiao in Age Scandal
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The FIG has canceled Chinese gymnast Dong Fangxiao's results from the 1999 Worlds and 2000 Olympics because she was age ineligible, the federation announced Friday.


Dong Fangxiao at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Dong was a member of China's bronze medal-winning team at both competitions, but the FIG has determined after a 16-month investigation that her age has been falsified by three years.

The FIG has recommended to the International Olympic Committee that China be stripped of its bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The IOC has normally held to a statute of limitations of eight years for modifying results.

From 1997 to 2000, Dong competed with a birthdate of Jan. 20, 1983 date of birth, making her 16 years old at the 1999 Worlds in Tianjin and 17 in Sydney. Since 1997, the minimum age for international senior competition has been 16.

Dong's age became an issue during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where the age of Chinese gymnasts were disputed by their rivals. Dong served as a line judge in Beijing, and registered for the event with her date of birth as Jan. 23, 1986.

The U.S. women's team could move up to the bronze If the IOC were to follow the FIG's recommendation. If the FIG strips China of its 1999 world championship result, the bronze medal would go to Ukraine.

The FIG ruled there was insufficient evidence to nullify the results of Dong's teammate Yang Yun, who was also under investigation. In addition to the team bronze in Sydney, Yang won an individual bronze medal on the uneven bars.

Yang came under investigation when a television interview surfaced in which she stated she was 14 in 2000. Yang is now married to 2008 Olympic champion Yang Wei.

"The Committee decided that in the case of Yang Yun the concrete and objective evidence available is insufficient to prove that the birth date indicated on the official documents was falsified," the FIG stated. "Ms. Yang Yun is awarded with a warning for the declaration she made during the interview with CCTV5. The only mention of age in this case was on a television interview."

The FIG will bill the Chinese Gymnastics Association for the cost of the investigation, the federation stated.

Since the 2008 age scandal, the FIG has implemented a licensing system for all competitors, which it hopes will prevent age falsification.

"Young gymnasts cannot be manipulated. Athletes must be protected," FIG President Bruno Grandi said. "To prevent such fraud in the future, a new licensing system has been implemented by the FIG."

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FireSpeedy said:

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They better fix every underage thing or I will be poed. I don't want to hear statue of limitations.

Fact is the IOC has known since before 1996 that Roza Galieyeva was not injured and they still let Gutsu keep a medal she cheated to get. Not to mention the suspect judging in that competition.

What about Gina Gogean, Alexandra Marinescu , Daniela Silivas and everyone else.

I am sick of the IOC picking and choosing who has to follow the rules.

 
February 26, 2010
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Leo Knoll said:

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FIG Ruling
There's nothing that can be done about it because the statute of limitations has ran out. Sorry.
 
February 26, 2010
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Chinese are dirty cheats, everyone knows that, Low-rated comment [Show]

sharon said:

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all you americans. calm down. russia and romania have cheated a million times - wonder when you're gonna complani about that?
 
February 27, 2010
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Katrin said:

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in 10 years... He kexin will stripped her gold on the uneven bar and China will stripped her gold in the Team Finale.
 
February 27, 2010
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Nasty Liukin said:

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Gutsu, Gogean, Siliva, Kim Kwang-suk...so many cheaters, why not punish all of them but only the Chinese?
 
February 27, 2010
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Gym said:

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It just goes to show that other countries have to lie, cheat and steal.
USA does it's best to play fair and they still win medals! I wonder if all the lairs and cheaters were taken out how many results would be different? Probably 100s. I think the age limitations in gymnastics is OK because sometimes their are young girls who can not handle the pressure and mental toughness that comes with such a stressful sport at the elite level. It's to bad the officials of other countries do not respect that. Truth be told though, great job to those young girls who are to young but still do a great job, regardless of the cheating that officials of those respective countries do.
 
February 27, 2010
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Tirexidy said:

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Personally, I think the age limit is stupid. The Olympics should showcase the world's best athletes, not the worlds most age-eligible athletes. I have no doubt in my mind that the Chinese were underage, but to me, the rules are flawed and deserve to be broken. Gutsu, Gogean, Silivas, Kim Gwang Suk, just to name a few, were all underage... we should start calling them nasty, awful cheaters, too, if we are going to complain about the Chinese.
And it's true, Americans do not falsify their DOB, but they also simply cannot get away with it in this country. There are too many records, too many attorneys, and simply, too many people who could and would find out about it in five seconds if they tried.
 
February 27, 2010
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Marcia said:

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I agree with Nasty Liukin. Punish them ALL or none of them.
 
February 27, 2010
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Mike said:

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In 1991 they took away Kim Gawng Suk's medal but didn't upgrade the medals for anyone. Unless they are going to fix that and Give Miller and Gutsu their gold as well as fix the mess of the 92 AA and the cheating Soviets they should do NOTHING here.
 
February 27, 2010
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Lukas Muller said:

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It just goes to show that other countries have to lie, cheat and steal.
USA does it's best to play fair and they still win medals!


Ummmm...the U.S. has had more Olympic Medals stripped away do to steroids cheating than any other country in the world. Just thought you might like to know that.
 
February 28, 2010
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Rachel T said:

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Don't blame Gustu
I agree with many of the comments regarding the falsifying of birthdates, but I don't agree with the Tatiana Gutsu comment. She just did what she was told to do by the coaches. The judges can be blamed, but we certainly can't blame her. Now of course, that is one thing that has changed anyway - coaches are now able to replace one gymnast for another.
 
February 28, 2010
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alexandrite105 said:

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lukas muller, that may be true about the u.s. having the most athletes stripped of medals due to steroid use, but NONE in gymnastics whatsoever as far as i know, so that point is, well, pointless, and irrelevant.
 
February 28, 2010
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Diane Lee said:

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The simple fact is until the FIG does away with the age limit there will ALWAYS be countries that cheat AND get away with it. Let's finally level the playing field and do away with the ridiculous rule..All of the gymnasts that everyone mentioned that were underage STILL competed with older gymnast nad won. They should be given the chance to compete. This seems to me an easy fix. DO AWAY WITH THIS RULE. Now the other thing I think we should do away with is BRUNO GRANDI..
 
February 28, 2010 | url
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Kristin said:

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Well, there will always be cheaters in any kind of way, and unfortunately there us not much we can control about it...
As for the age rule; the limit must be set somewhere, otherwise we might get chidren competing (worst case), so I think 16 is the correct age.
 
February 28, 2010
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BlameGustu said:

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I will blame Gutsu. She is 30 years old now. She knows she cheated. Doesn't she have any remorse about cheating?

Unless you take away the medal and punish the team then nothing will change. It's pretty obvious NOTHING has changed.

I get that Tatiana was 15 at the time but if you knew your history you would know communism was OVER in 1992 but the Soviets wanted to own the competition one more time so they competed together
 
February 28, 2010
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colleen said:

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Like Rachel T said, we can't just blame the athletes, they were just doing what they were told by the coaches, government or federation.. Who knows what the consequences would have been if they had said no, we are cheating if you let me compete.
 
February 28, 2010
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susan a said:

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If you want to blame someone, blame the coaches or the specific federations. It is not the gymnast who chooses to falsify her age - those orders come from much higher up. Personally I find it sad that a young girl following orders could be stripped of the medal that she earned. Punish the authorities - not the gymnasts. And then get rid of the stupid age rule.
 
February 28, 2010
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gaby said:

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what about Dominique Moceanu (Atlanta olympics)...?
 
March 01, 2010
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LadyJane1976 said:

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Gaby,

The current rules did not go into effect into 1997. The rules in 1996 called for a gymnast to be 15 during the year of the Olympics, which Moceanu was.
 
March 01, 2010
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KDow said:

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What about Dominique? she was age eligiable at the Atlanta Olympics. And Tatiana if you watch the Fluff about Roza from the 96 games Tatiana said she couldn't do anything about it, it wasn't her fault, the coaches made the decisions. Also, the age limit should be moved back down the 14 like it had been for so many years before it was changed after the 96 games. I do not think that the FIG should punish the gymnast, but the Federation and the authorites at hand in those countries. It is a good idea however to have some sort of system in place for these instances to make sure that the ages of the gymnasts are correct. However, think of the people who are getting the replacement medals, even if China is stripped of their 2000 games bronze and it is awarded to the United States, the United States did not earn that medal, how would that feel to be given something by default that you did not earn.
 
March 01, 2010
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Lukas Muller said:

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lukas muller, that may be true about the u.s. having the most athletes stripped of medals due to steroid use, but NONE in gymnastics whatsoever as far as i know, so that point is, well, pointless, and irrelevant.


Yes, pointless and irrelevant. Steroids cheating - ok. Age cheating - bad. You win, I can't possibly argue with that kind of logic.
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March 01, 2010
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beelzebub said:

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10-11 years is a loooooooong time ... I can understand if they let this one go.
 
March 01, 2010
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Diane Lee said:

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As far as getting rid of the age limit, ok I really meant lets go back to before 1996. I think 15 in that year is fine, but there will STILL be countries that cheat AND we cannot blame the girls, esp in china. I really think they just dont have a choice . As far as Gutsu blame her for WHAT. She also just did what her coaches told her to do. Blame them not her.
 
March 02, 2010 | url
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desktop said:

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Cheaters in Carl Lewis and over 100 others
"In 2003, Dr. Wade Exum, the United States Olympic Committee's director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, gave copies of documents to Sports Illustrated which revealed that some 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were nevertheless cleared to compete. Among those athletes was Carl Lewis.[70]

It was revealed that Lewis tested positive three times before the 1988 Olympics...."

If Dong's medal is taken away, Carl Lewis and many other American athlets should return their medals as well. These dirty cheaters should not be allowed to compete at the Olympics. No double standards!
 
March 02, 2010
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desktop said:

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If it's her coach's fault, Dong should be able to keep her medal; just like Paul Hamm in 2004 Olympics. Hamm got to keep his medal because it's judges' faults.

If it's indeed Dong's fault, it's possible, then she should still keep her medal for now until Carl Lewis and all other medal cheaters give back their medals. It is called true fairness!
 
March 02, 2010
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Jackie Kierts said:

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A SI article is NOT proof.

The age limit does not matter in the sense that if the Chinese were cheating to let 14 year oldss compete when they should have been 16 it would be just as easy to let a 12 year olds compete if the limit was 14.
 
March 02, 2010
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Lukas Muller said:

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The statute of limitations has been protecting the Olympic medals of 19 documented U.S. cheaters named by the former head of the USOC's doping control program. If this statute is overturned in the Dong Fangxiao case, it's pretty much open-season on all past cheaters. And this doesn't even take into account the BALCO case, of which the entire 1988 U.S. Olympic Judo team was listed as customers. Did I mention how the U.S. bribed IOC officials to win the 2002 Olympic Winter games bid? Maybe every U.S. medal won in 2002 should be stripped just to teach a lesson that bribery is not acceptable behavior. So the moral of this story is: Before you start throwing stones, make sure your house ain't made of glass first.
 
March 03, 2010
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LadyJane1976 said:

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Carl Lewis
What does Carl Lewis have to do with anything? Was he a gymnast? NO. Try to stay on topic.
 
March 03, 2010
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Lukas Muller said:

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A SI article is NOT proof.


Yet, Internet documents taken from Google cache is??? Did you read the part where there are over 30,000 official USOC documents backing up the article, not to mention testimony from the former head of the USOC doping control program?

What does Carl Lewis have to do with anything? Was he a gymnast? NO. Try to stay on topic.


Facts about how the IOC dealt with past cases of Olympic cheating help us understand the legal aspects of what can and can't be done in the Dong Fangxiao case as it applies to the statute of limitations.
 
March 03, 2010
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Amanda said:

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Stop making this an American thing. Canadians should talk you have your own history of cheating.

Amanda is Canadian on her fathers side that is why she is allowing all these attacks on the US. The US didn't cheat China did
 
March 03, 2010
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Gymania said:

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Statute of limitations is 8 years...
"but the FIG has determined after a 16-month investigation that her age has been falsified by three years. The IOC has normally held to a statute of limitations of eight years for modifying results."

Someone explain this to me. Statute of limitations is 8 years, FIG investigated for 16 months...so investigated from Oct 2008- March 2010? The Women's Team Competition ended before Sept 21, 2000. Didn't Dong just squeak by the 8 year rule for the 2000 Olympics and def the 1999 Worlds??!! Someone please explain and bring justice here.
 
March 03, 2010
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Lukas Muller said:

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Someone explain this to me. Statute of limitations is 8 years, FIG investigated for 16 months...so investigated from Oct 2008- March 2010? The Women's Team Competition ended before Sept 21, 2000. Didn't Dong just squeak by the 8 year rule for the 2000 Olympics and def the 1999 Worlds??!! Someone please explain and bring justice here.


No, the Statute of Limitations is 3 years from date of Olympic Closing Ceremony. It is only 8 years for doping related cases.
 
March 04, 2010
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desktop said:

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Some Americans have such mentality: we are exceptional and we don't need to follow rules. These people always apply double standards and their judgement are very often ideologically motivated. If Dong's medal is going to be taken away, Carl Lewis and many other drug using cheaters should not be allowed to keep their medals! Rules must be apply to everyone, every country, there must not be any exception!
 
March 08, 2010
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