I wonder if chinese mothers teach kids how to cheat or lie? When I think of China, counterfeit comes to mind.
I should say I'm not surprised. When I saw JIN at the JGPF last year, I asked myself, 16 years old? Are you kidding me?
You know, I like SUI/HAN team. I think Han's bio is potentially correct 'cause his birthday is 1992/08/06 in the 2007 document. But Sui's birthday is weird. I remember SUI/HAN was on the Entries list of 2009 Jr Worlds. But because of 18 days, they didn't go. If she were born in May, it would be ridiculous to move it to July.
Who were the authors of the articles written during the huge stink about the Chinese gymnasts falsifying their ages at the Olympics? Find out who they were and we should bombard them with messages regarding this latest issue with the Chinese falsifying ages. At the very minimum, it should spark some interest over at SI, Yahoo!Sports and ESPN because this is obviously an ongoing practice of the Chinese sports federations. The London Olympics aren't that far off now, just 18 months. Plenty of time for them to start investigating now and blow the whistle on the divers and other athletes that you just know of which the Chinese are falsifying ages.
Future FSUer to me before Gedevanishvili's SA 2010 SP - "Aunt Karen, what is she wearing?"
It looks like our friends across the Pacific are up to their old tricks.
Of course, the same age rules should apply to everyone.
OTOH, I really doubt that 12-13 -year children understand the seriousness of it all. In that age, most of the kids will be older than they really are.
I remember discussing the age discrepancies of the Chinese gymnasts at the Beijing Olympics with a Chinese-American friend of mine, and she said that birth dates given according to the Chinese (lunar?) calendar are totally different from those that follow the Western calendar. The difference is such that there could be at least a one-year span between the Western and Chinese birth dates (I'm not sure which comes first) on a Western calendar. When they first arrived in the US, my friend's immigrant parents provided their Chinese birth dates even for official purposes until it was made clear to them that the Western dates were required. Even to this day, the parents' friends and family celebrate their birthdays on the Chinese dates.
Now, I'm not saying that the official ages of these Chinese skaters weren't falsified, but is it a possibility that the Western-style birth dates were given for international (ISU) purposes while the Chinese dates were used domestically?
You'd think by now the IOC would realize this is a systemic problem with the Chinese and act accordingly.
Kexin has finally been removed from the list of competitors for 4CC, but she was the only one who had the birthdays match, so idk if this solves the mystery.
I'm willing to believe that China could have submitted Kexin Zhang's name to Four Continents in error. The Chinese skaters' birthdate discrepancies over the years are an entirely different matter, however, because it appears to be a systemic issue.
ETA: As expected, Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN (defending champs) and Xiaoyu YU / Yang JIN ("illegal" 3rd pair at 2010 Jr. Worlds whose results subsequently were deleted by the ISU) are the 2 Chinese pairs entered for 2011 Junior Worlds.
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The following link might give some of you a few hours of fun to figure out:
Maybe the Chinese aren't good at math
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Based on the complete lack of consequences China has suffered from all of this cheating, it makes you wonder why the other big federations even bother trying to follow the rules.
My head hurts just glancing at it