The IG article also mentions that all gymnasts will need licenses to participate in international competition. “The FIG will grant a license after receiving the gymnast’s birthdate, biography and insurance information from the sponsoring federation.” I have to wonder if this has anything to do with the He Kexin situation. If so, what a pointless rule. How would this stop age fakers from age faking?
Perhaps it’s just a way to raise more money. I can’t imagine those licenses will be free. The FIG won’t even let you protest a bad score for free anymore. Also, the FIG has been trying to make world competitions smaller and less expensive. Maybe they think if the athletes need a license to compete, fewer will want to.