Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Gaza: How to Stop the Spiral? Israel Readies For Ground Offensive (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: How to Stop the Spiral? Israel Readies For Ground Offensive

Read more

FOCUS

Ireland's missing babies casting light on a dark history...

Read more

WEB NEWS

World Cup 2014: Germany-Brazil inspires the Web

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Boutros-Ghali: 'I wanted to reform the UN'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

57 000 little problems

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The Sarkozy 'threat'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Budget challenge for India's new government

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan? (part 2)

Read more

  • French companies will have to accept anonymous CVs

    Read more

  • Germany asks US intelligence station chief to leave country

    Read more

  • Death toll rises in Gaza as militants target Israeli cities

    Read more

  • Video: Muslims in China confront obstacles to Ramadan fasting

    Read more

  • Tour de France passes WWI Chemin des Dames battlefield

    Read more

  • Senegalese man awarded French visa in gay marriage debate

    Read more

  • Israel steps up airstrikes as diplomacy gets under way

    Read more

  • Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge congressional action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • Froome crashes out of Tour de France

    Read more

  • South Sudan independence heroes ‘have lost their way’

    Read more

  • 100 years on, the Tour de France returns to the Western Front

    Read more

  • Dozens of blindfolded bodies found south of Baghdad

    Read more

China denies Olympic gymnast is underage

©

Latest update : 2008-08-05

Chinese authorities have denied a report on a state-run Web site that Olympic gymnast Yang Yilin is under the minimum legal age for Olympic participation.

Chinese sporting chiefs on Monday rejected accusations that another member of its Olympic gymnastics team may be underage, after a prominent state-run media outlet said she was only 14.

Yang Yilin, a national all-around champion and bronze medallist at the 2007 world championships on the uneven bar, was born on August 26, 1993, according to a profile posted on the China Central Television Web site.

That means she is only 14 years old, while gymnasts must be 16 in the year of the competition for Olympic eligibility, according to rules set by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).

"Yang Yilin was born on August 26, 1992," Huang Jiansi, an official at the Gymnastics Sports Management Centre, an arm of China's General Administration of Sport, told AFP when asked about the CCTV posting.

"The report is not accurate."

He added that the authorities had updated athletes' information according to the latest resident registration records at the public security ministry and scrutinised age checks to make sure they were eligible for the Games.

The New York Times reported last month that another two members of the nation's Olympic women's gymnastics team, He Kexin and Jiang Yuyuan, were possibly only 14.

China issued similar denials to those accusations.

When asked whether he was concerned China may have given the wrong age of some of its athletes, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said on Saturday it was the FIG's job to verify athletes' eligibility.

"The International Olympic Committee relies on the international federations who are exclusively responsible for the eligibility of an athlete," he said.

"It is not the task of the IOC to go and check every one of the 10,500 athletes in this respect."

Date created : 2008-08-04

Comments

COMMENT(S)