Posts Tagged ‘He Kexin’

NYT covers age fakery

July 27, 2008

The New York Times has an article about the Chinese age situation.  I think it’s interesting that the FIG and USAG tried to get some answers after they got tips by email from fans.   

Some good quotes:  

In Chinese newspaper profiles this year, He was listed as 14, too young for the Beijing Games.

The Times found two online records of official registration lists of Chinese gymnasts that list He’s birthday as Jan. 1, 1994, which would make her 14. A 2007 national registry of Chinese gymnasts — now blocked in China but viewable through Google cache — shows He’s age as “1994.1.1.”

Another registration list that is unblocked, dated Jan. 27, 2006, and regarding an “intercity” competition in Chengdu, China, also lists He’s birthday as Jan. 1, 1994. That date differs by two years from the birth date of Jan. 1, 1992, listed on He’s passport, which was issued Feb. 14, 2008.

I wish I knew what and where these official registration lists they are talking about are.  

The other gymnast, Jiang, is listed on her passport — issued March 2, 2006 — as having been born on Nov. 1, 1991, which would make her 16 and thus eligible to compete at the Beijing Games.

A different birth date, indicating Jiang is not yet 15, appears on a list of junior competitors from the Zhejiang Province sports administration. The list of athletes includes national identification card numbers into which birth dates are embedded. Jiang’s national card number as it appears on this list shows her birth date as Oct. 1, 1993, which indicates that she will turn 15 in the fall, and would thus be ineligible to compete in the Beijing Games.

That one is especially weird.  The wrong birthdate embedded into her national identification number.  I think if it’s true about the national identification number, China should be banned.  How does an athlete get a national ID number with the wrong birth date in it?  

Yang Yun of China won individual and team bronze medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and later said in an interview on state-run television that she had been 14 at the time of those Games. A Hunan Province sports administration report also said later that she had been 14 when she competed in Sydney.

The interview I linked to is in Chinese with an English translation provided in the description.  So now you know for sure that they cheated before and got away with it.  Nothing to stop them from doing it this time.  Since the FIG can’t seem to do anything about cheating, they need to scrap the rule since they can’t enforce it.  It is unfair to countries who can’t don’t cheat.  

via: Gymnicetics and LBLGymnastics and Gymblog


Associated Press covers age fakery.  ESPN news site.

::UPDATE 2::

From China View

 A Chinese official said on Monday the Chinese Olympic gymnasts are old enough for the Beijing Games.

Also Chicago Sports/Chicago Tribune talks about underaged gymnasts and divers.  There’s also translations of some of the fabled Chinese message board postings concerning He.  

“It’s too late to He’s age. Many foreigners already knew it. It would need to change the name and use a false record to see if it can go through.”

The reply to this suggestion?

“It doesn’t matter. If He, Kexin’s skills are very good we Chinese can change her age very easily. I think this is pretty much the norm for Chinese teams.”

::UPDATE 3::

ABC News has some quotes from Chinese message boards too.  

Reply 2: “Age is definitely not a problem, in the national sports system, results are the most important. In America, age might be a problem, but there’s no way the Chinese team is that stupid….”

Wow.  Following the rules = stupid.

::UPDATE 4::

Epoch Times has a screenshots of the roster from Chengdu Sports Bureau which listed He Kexin’s 1994 birthday.

China Daily issues correction for He Kexin’s age

June 1, 2008

I stumbled across this blog entry.  The post says that China Daily issued a correction to their story that stated He Kexin was 14 years old.  I guess this was made in the paper edition and not on the online edition?  

It’s also worth pointing out that the correction has not been made on CD’s website, but that’s not surprising because they are almost completely disassociated from one another.

I wonder why there was no correction to the other errors that were in the same article.   


Just because some reporter gets your age wrong II

June 1, 2008

If some chinese paper appears to report that you were 13 in a pre-Olympic year, that doesn’t mean anything because we know how reporters are prone to getting things wrong.  Considering the controversy over He Kexin’s age though, I find this especially funny.  

何可欣(體操) 13歲的武漢選手何可欣在女子高低杠比賽中的對手是國家隊的楊伊琳。在主場觀眾的支持下,這個小姑娘在決賽中出色地完成了“李婭空翻”的全套動作,險勝已經得到高分的世錦賽季軍楊伊琳,拼下冠軍。國家女隊總教練陸善真也為她鼓起了掌。


Just because some reporter gets your age wrong…

May 23, 2008

If some paper reports that you are 14 in an Olympic year, that doesn’t mean anything because we know how reporters are prone to mistakes.  Considering the controversy over He Kexin’s age though, I find this especially funny.  

Olympic gymnastics title contenders suddenly have one more thing to worry about other than the eight gold medals China claimed at the Tianjin World Cup last week. Her name is He Kexin.

The 14-year-old newcomer to the national team, who was recruited last year, has raised a lot of eyebrows recently after she broke two world records on the uneven bars in as many months. She will be just one more weapon on an already star-studded Chinese Olympic squad.

Somebody needs to tell People’s Daily Online that He is supposed to be 16.