More Questions About Chinese Gymnasts’ Ages

From AP, via The Seattle Times:

Birth dates found in online documents have raised questions about the age of another Chinese gymnast – bringing the total to three, or half the women’s team expected to contend for a gold medal, who may be too young to compete in the Beijing Olympics.

Yang Yilin, a medal contender in the all-around and uneven bars, was born Aug. 26, 1993, according to the 2004, 2005 and 2006 registration lists previously posted on the Web site of the General Administration of Sport of China. That would make Yang only 15 later this month. Gymnasts have to be 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible for the games.

In the 2007 registration list, however, Yang’s birthday is listed as Aug. 26, 1992, making her eligible to compete.

Similar concerns have already been raised about the ages of He Kexin, a gold-medal favorite on uneven bars, and Jiang Yuyuan.

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