Wednesday, April 28, 2010

IOC strips 2000 Games bronze medal from China

IOC strips 2000 Games bronze medal from China
By Stephen Wilson, Ap Sports Writer – 28 mins ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – "China was stripped of a bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics on Wednesday for fielding an underage gymnast, with that women's team medal now going to the United States.

The International Olympic Committee acted after investigations by the sport's governing body determined that Dong Fangxiao was only 14 at the 2000 Games. Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible.
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There's another shocker. How surprised are you that China used underage girls? The only thing I can think of would be the sun raising in the morning. That's not to say China is the only country or athletes that cheat. Everyone tries to get away with as much as they can. But this kind of thing is doubly ridiculous in the context of the Olympics.

The Olympic games are supposed to be a celebration of athletes and competition. As soon as we started counting medals and making a Gold medal the only worthy prize the real enjoyment of the games has been lost. I can't remember the details but in one of the games, about 20 or 30 years ago, this guy finished something like 8th place. When he finished and the times were shown he was running around the track celebrating and cheering. Many people here in the States couldn't figure out why. I told them it was because he had just set the national record for the event. They still couldn't understand his being happy.
"So what if he set a record. He didn't win the gold so that means he lost."
That is an idiotic point-of-view. It is as bad as when Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards was kept from competing in the Winter Games after Calgary in '88. Yes, he wasn't even close to being a contender. But if he was going to put in the effort and compete in the event, that is the spirit of the Olympic games.
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