And anyway, it's not just about being younger than one is supposed to be. Other Chinese skaters, it turns out, may be older than they claim.
The Chinese federation made an annoucement today that after certain research both Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang's birthdates listed on ISU are proved to be true, they just submitted wrong info to http://www.sport.org.cn/ , as FSUers expected And many skaters claim that they had nothing to do with it and believe they'll be safe.
Well, I'm Chinese, but I really feel shame about this whole thing. It will almost kill me if ISU remove Cup of China as a punishment, but if it happens, it's what Chinese fed. deserves.
"I do have sympathy for the Chinese skaters though. You know they have little to no choice in what happens to them."
I am not sure if the skaters and their parents really had no choice. Afterall, if one gets OGM, he/she will be financially safe (or even better) for the rest of the life. And if one gets it at younger age, he/she has plenty of time to do other things, like going for a college degree. Most OGMs got one from top university.
"Ｔhat‘s what is so hard in these cases now，because we only suspect girls who look "young“ via Western standards."
What I undersand is that someone found the data and brought up the issue, not the other way around.
"The Chinese federation made an annoucement today that after certain research both Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang's birthdates listed on ISU are proved to be true, they just submitted wrong info to http://www.sport.org.cn/ , as FSUers expected And many skaters claim that they had nothing to do with it and believe they'll be safe.
There will be some scapegoats for this data problem. Maybe some lower ranked staffs or IT guys.
Not a surprising news....it's a deja vu!
China's a country that's growing strong and sadly they want to be on top and control everything no matter what. Keeping a 'good image' is VERY important. Sadly the governement is controlling all this. From political matter to Sports...It's still very communiste.
Reminds me of that cute little girl who lip sang the national anthem at the opening of the Beijing Oly in 2008. The real owner of the voice was another little girl who was not pretty enough to appear in front of the crowd.
I feel sorry for chinese skaters.
(((cheriepopo))) I hope they don't remove the GP event - that would deter the growth of the sport in China and would punish innocent Chinese fans. Perhaps another form of "punishment" can be found if these allegations prove correct.
All this just makes me angry. Just thinking how many girls really have to wait their turn (I agree with the age rules) and do so... E.g. Adelina looks really a lot more grown-up this season, if somebody had told me that she is 15/16 years old, I would have totally bought it. But she will have to wait two more years to go to Worlds.
Think of how many young girls were overtrained to perform at the level of skaters with more years of experience.
China has a deep bench for skating - while these elite skaters may have been found out, there must be more underage/overage skaters still in training who haven't debuted for the ISU.
I was the one who first speculated in this thread about scrapping Cup of China or moving it either for a year or permanently. I think a permanent move is more likely if the allegations are not proved correct; it would be way of dealing with the situation if a one-year outright ban on Chinese skaters is impossible.
In some ways, it might be better for the Chinese Federation to admit any violations and to take its lumps. The consequences of not doing so could be much more severe in the long run.
(Are you paying attention, you lurkers from the Chinese Federation? )
So are Takahashi/Tran smacking their lips and rubbing their hands around now? If not they, then at least the Japan Skating Federation should be preparing a big floral bouquet for FSU! Kunichi-wa! Arigato!!!
Looking for the positive spin in all of this....
Last edited by Frau Muller; 02-15-2011 at 04:11 PM.
The Chinese skating governing body that allegedly changed the ages of these skaters is going to investigate itself?
Most likely they are going to investigate who spilled the beans punish them accordingly.
to FSUers who uncovered this. As always, this site is THE place to go for skating news. You guys make and break the news
Someone purging, Lord, Kumbaya....