In An Ancient Land, Age Is Just A Concept For Some Competitors

Christie Blatchford reports in the Globe and Mail:

What is of real interest in the reporting of this story is, unusually, the reporting.

Credit is due bloggers here in , and ex-pat professor Xiao Qiang (now at the School of Journalism in Berkeley, Calif.) and his China Digital Times Internet research group for leading the way on some of the major -and-fakery stories of these .

It is the Chinese who allegedly have been cheating and falsifying the ages of at least three of their girl gymnasts, most recently the sprite , around whom the latest controversy rages.

What is really creepy about what’s emerged from the reporting of the gymnastics controversy is how state-owned agencies have rewritten themselves online to “correct” the record – in other words, rewritten and attempted to expunge any contrary evidence.

… So, in the end, it’s not the Chinese gymnasts or how old they are that counts; it’s the Chinese censors propagandists and professional liars, and what they’re doing, that tells the tale.

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