China can go to any extent to stay at the top and win accolades. First it was fake fireworks at the opening ceremony, and then lip-synching of the singer (just because the original singer wasn’t cute enough) and now the underage gymnast are performing and winning Gold at the Olympics.
It all started when China beat United States at the team gymnastic event at the Beijing Olympics. United States entered the Gymnastic event at Beijing Olympics as hot favorite. However, China proved that they were much stronger and committed fewer errors in the finals. The United States entered the final with only four fit gymnasts, and major errors on the balance beam and floor exercise ended their chances of gold. Alicia Sacramone, a 20-year-old from Boston fell off her balance beam mount and plopped on her rump during the floor exercise. After losing, the US side claimed that at least 3 members of the Chinese Gymnastic Team seemed below the age of 16, which is the official age for entering into this Olympic event. These allegations were further supported by local newspaper, who claimed at least some girls are having height of only 4.5-4.7 ft and under the weight of 40kgs, how can they be above 16. The Chinese Olympic authorities have registered the age of all these girls over 17 years.
On the other side China claims that US are taking out their frustration on losing the Gold to them.
China has the history of presenting under-age members to the sports. With Gymnasium, Table Tennis and Basketball, there were always questions raised about the under-age members sporting the event. Whatever the case has been in the past, if the Americans can prove that indeed the girls were underage then China might soon loose the luster of Gold. See the image above and you decided – Do they looking above 16?