How Could You Take Away Her Medal? IOC Investigating Chinese Gymnasts’ Age
As we’ve learned from our expert guest-bloggers, there are disputes arising out of the Olympics, and then there are DISPUTES. The reported International Olympic Committee investigation into the age of Chinese gymnast and gold medalist He Kexin （何可欣） qualifies as the type of DISPUTE that could really get ugly. Why? Because a big part of the investigation will have to deal with alleged Chinese government involvement in covering up the ages of Chinese gymnasts. The investigation appears to have been spurred by a NY-based blogger whose fascinatingly simple investigation can be found here.
Politically, I just can’t imagine the IOC will want to embarrass China like this. And if they do, I sense an ugly nationalist backlash in China. This is pretty much the ultimate test of the IOC’s commitment to enforcing its rules. And perhaps we can look forward to a nice long arbitration battle afterwards?