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IOC Won't Investigate 'Underage' Chinese
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He Kexin at the 2008 Cottbus Cup

An International Olympic Committee spokeswoman said Saturday that there will be no investigation into the ages of Chinese Olympic team members.

Varying ages have been given for Chinese team member He Kexin in news media and Internet biographies, according to a recent New York Times investigation. One document was found that listed Jiang Yuyuan as being born in 1993, the Times published.

To be eligible for the 2008 Olympics, female gymnasts must have been born in 1992 or earlier, and male gymnasts must have been born in 1990 or earlier.

The Chinese Gymnastics Association (CGA) stated this week that all of its athletes were age-eligible for Beijing.

"The ages reported for all 12 athletes on our Olympic roster are based on the official, legal IDs and documents provided by the individual provinces where the gymnast's hukou (household registration) is based," said Zhang Peiwen, head of delegation for China's Olympic gymnastics team. "The ages confirmed on the IDs all exceed the minimum age limit required for the Beijing Olympics. Both Jiang Yuyuan and He Kexin have already taken part in last year's or this year's World Cup ompetitions, and even before entering those FIG competitions the FIG had already verified and approved of their age eligibility."

The International Gymnastics Federation stated that it had received inquiries from USA Gymnastics and fans regarding He Kexin's age, but that the CGA provided passports confirming her age.

IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said Saturday that the matter is closed as far as it is concerned.

"To our understanding, both sides have cleaned up this matter and this question regarding the age," Davies said.

China is hoping for a record performance from all its athletes at the upcoming Olympics in Beijing, and the gymnastics teams are favored to win at least half a dozen golds. The Olympic Games begin Friday at 8 p.m. with the Opening Ceremonies.

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