China is receiving some criticism tonight for its alleged involvement in allowing an underage girl to participate in the Olympics. The minimum age in which one may be to take part in the Olympics is 16.
Chinese gymnasts underage is the headline that many news outlets began broadcasting after they looked at online records indicating that a Chinese female particpating in the Olympics was only 14 years old. Yang Yilin is suspected to be illegaly partaking in the Beijing Olympics. If this on it’s own isn’t shocking enough, some of Yilin’s team mates are also believed to be underage. Last week, He Kexin and Jiang Yuyuan were also discovered to be underage.
According to Olympic regulations, participants must turn 16 in an Olympic year to be eligible to particpate.
China continues to deny that any questionable activites have taken place. According to Chinese authorities, each of the girls’ ages were verified via legal documents supplied to them by the participants.
A Chinese officals claims that all members of the Chinese gymnastics team are eligible because they all reside within the Olympic village.
It’ll be interesting to see how the chinese gymnasts underage issue turns out. We sure hope that the girls’ ages are verified and shown to be within the appropriate range. If it turns out that they’re not, we’d be hard-pressed to let them continue in the games.