- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
Remember those suspiciously young-looking Chinese gymnasts from the Beijing Olympics? Turns out they’re not alone. China’s sports ministry has x-ray tested 15,000 youth athletes and found that a fifth are lying about their age:
The athletes tested were the top eight in each event at provincial youth competitions in 2008 and all those who had signed up for this year’s Provincial Games. The result showed 3,000 were older than they claimed, 2,000 of whom were no longer eligible for any youth sport and 1,000 who should have competed in different age categories. Ye said 16 athletes in one event had faked their ages and the worst offenders were up to seven years older than they were allowed to be.
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