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China Hands Bronze from 1999 Worlds to Ukraine
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The Chinese Gymnastics Association has forfeited the team bronze its gymnasts won at the 1999 World Championships in Tianjin, more fallout over the falsified age of gymnast Dong Fangxiao.

The Chinese Gymnastics Association has forfeited the team bronze its gymnasts won at the 1999 World Championships in Tianjin, more fallout over the falsified age of gymnast Dong Fangxiao. Ukraine, fourth in Tianjin, officially awarded the bronze medals to its 1999 world squad in a ceremony Saturday in Kiev.

The Chinese team lost the team bronze from the 2000 Olympics in April 2010, when the International Olympic Committee ruled that Dong's birth year had been altered from 1986 to 1983 to allow her to compete as a senior in 1999 and 2000. The U.S. women, fourth at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, received their bronze medals in a ceremony at the 2010 U.S. championships.

Dong's age came under scrutiny in 2008 following the Olympic scandal in Beijing, where there were accusations that China had falsified the ages of some of the gymnasts on its gold-medal team.

In Tianjin, the Chinese team of Dong, Bai Chunyue, Huang Mandan, Ling Jie, Liu Xuan and Xu Jing finished third behind Romania and Russia. But the team was only a fraction ahead of Ukraine, 152.423-152.338.

Nearly 13 years later, Ukraine received the bronze medals Saturday in Kiev at the Zakharova Cup. The gymnasts on the 1999 team were Natalia Gorodny, Viktoria Karpenko, Olga Roschupkina, Inga Shkarupa, Olga Teslenko, Tatiana Yarosh and alternate Galina Tyryk. It is the first world team medal for the Ukrainian women, who were also fourth in 1997.

Two weeks ago, FIG President Bruno Grandi was in Kiev and gave the medals to Ukrainian coach Igor Korobchinsky, coach Lyudmila Korolenko told IG.

Only Teslenko, a judge at the competition, and Gorodny were on hand for the ceremony. Coaches Svetlana Kutsenko, Zinaida Gorbach and Korolenko accepted the medals on behalf of their former gymnasts.

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Hobbes said:

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Is the above poster suggesting that the Chinese Team cheated in Beijing?

What a horrible accusation to be making after a lengthy investigation cleared them of any wrong doing.
 
March 31, 2012
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Anonymous2 said:

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Sorry, but the U.S. team will NEVER receive a gold from Beijing. The obvious reason is that the U.S. didn't win. If you would care to reread the article again, you might realize that it has nothing to do with Beijing. I mean, the U.S. had 6 Olympic medals stripped away for steroids cheating during 2000 Olympics, but this doesn't necessary mean the U.S. also cheated in Beijing.
 
March 31, 2012
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LS in AK said:

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Anonymous2,
The article does state the following in regards to Beijing: "Dong's age came under scrutiny in 2008 following the Olympic scandal in Beijing, where there were accusations that China had falsified the ages of some of the gymnasts on its gold-medal team."

Both the 1999 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing share the issue of age controversy, which is why they are both mentioned in the article.

I think that Anonymous is expressing frustration over inconsistencies in FIG policy when awarding repercussions to nations found violating the age rule, and rightly so. USSR (when it existed), Romania, China, and North Korea have all been convicted of violating the age rule, yet the penalties have been completely different for each, with no clear explanation for why that is so.
 
April 01, 2012
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hobbily and anonymous2, dont be ignorant, read CAREFULLY, Low-rated comment [Show]

Nadia Garner said:

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Well then it must be time for Paul Hamm to deliver his all-round gold to the South Korean who is the real Olympic Champion of 2004
 
April 01, 2012
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Anonymous2 said:

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LS in AK,
Dong Fangxiao didn't compete in Beijing...she would have been too old. So what's the relevance again?

suzanne patterson-field,
She "COULD be a witch" might be acceptable proof in Salem 1692, but she "COULD have lied and falsified her age" isn't really good enough today, is it? If it were, a lot of young-looking gymnasts would lose their medals, and Marta Karolyi would be burned at the stake. smilies/grin.gif
 
April 01, 2012
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Viktor said:

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what relation Igor Korobchinsky has for this medals? In 1999 Lyudmila Turisheva was the President of Ukranian Federation Gymnastics and she helpd to achieve this result
 
April 01, 2012
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Chinese team, Low-rated comment [Show]
Re: "Consistency", Low-rated comment [Show]

Hobbes said:

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The 2008 team was investigated and cleared.
It's over; They did not find anything wrong and closed the case.
Didn't you read the IG article?
 
April 01, 2012
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Kathya said:

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Igor Korobchinsky...
@Viktor: it's not like Igor is keeping the medals, but they gave the medals to him and his Ukraine's National co-coach just because they're in charge of the team right now, the FIG is not going to search every gymnast of the 1999 team. Common sense...smilies/wink.gif
 
April 01, 2012
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Hobbes, Low-rated comment [Show]

Anonymous2 said:

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@Anonymous

Actually, it's your hateful and xenophobic comments that represent the ugly side of gymnastics.
 
April 01, 2012
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Hobbes said:

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Nadia said that there is "no question" that the Chinese team was the best team in Beijing. And I believe her!
 
April 02, 2012
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Nadal said:

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So what? Look what the Karolyis did in Romania with Agache and Szabo etc. Does that mean they are still cheating today?
 
April 02, 2012
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No statute of limitations on cheating, Low-rated comment [Show]

Anonymous2 said:

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@Anonymous

Sorry, but I don't recall you being nominated official spokesperson for the "gymnastic community." If you want to talk about trust, returning medals when asked to do so by the FIG shows a willingness to set things right, which is more than I can say about a certain American "gold medal" cabbie assulting gymnast. Furthermore, the Chinese would need to put an underage gymnast in every Olympics through 2028 just to equal U.S. cheating in 2000 alone. How's that for a record?
 
April 02, 2012
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Anonymous2 said:

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@Anonymous

Fact is, I'm not the one who keeps referring to myself as the "gymnastics community."

Here's the contact info for the actual FIG spokesperson. The least you could do is to let him know you've taken over his job.

SILACCI Philippe
psilacci(_at_)fig-gymnastics.org
Phone: +41 21 321 55 25
Fax: +41 21 321 55 19
 
April 03, 2012
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Hobbes, Low-rated comment [Show]
Article on 2008 team , Low-rated comment [Show]

Hobbes said:

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They're definitely over 16 years old probably closer to 20 if you ask me!
 
April 05, 2012
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dragonair said:

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so he kexin looks too young to everyone but nobody was suspicious about deng linlin who looked the youngest in beijing because she was the smallest.
really interesting.

and about all these "evidence" - I can also take print screen shot of some webpage or save image on my coputer and then photoshop it and present it as two "different" things. nobody thiks it's strange that one person has acess to all these pages and documents while nobody from IOC and whoever investigated this age issue couldn't acess any of these documents?
sorry but I can't belive any "evidence" like that.
 
April 06, 2012
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