IOC 'investigation' into Chinese gymnasts is a joke

Chris Chase

Today in Beijing, IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said of the inquiry into the ages of the Chinese gymnasts:

"We believe the matter will be put to rest and there's no question ... on the eligibility. The information we have received seems satisfactory in terms of the correct documentation-including birth certificates."

Translation: The IOC has absolutely zero intention of pressing this issue and discovering the truth about the ages of He Kexin, Yang Yilan, Jiang YuYuan, Deng Linlin and Li Shanshan. The investigation is, and always was, a sham.

The IOC announced the inquiry today in response to criticism that they weren't doing anything about the overwhelming evidence that suggests a Chinese conspiracy. But the IOC's mission with this faux-investigation -- which they passed on to the International Gymnastics Federation - was never to discover the truth, it was merely to create an illusion that they cared about it. Davies' quote indicates the IOC is content with the passports China produced before the Games. She deemed them "satisfactory". If that's the case, then why bother investigating at all? If the IOC thinks they already know the answer to the question, what's the use in asking it?

While spineless IOC President Jacques Rogge is busy criticizing a three-time gold medal winning athlete, his organization is content to look the other way while getting snookered by the Chinese government once again. (Remember, the Chinese also told the IOC that they wouldn't place restrictions on the Internet during the Games.) The IOC's party line seems to be that Usain Bolt showboating is not OK, but cheating in major competitions is fine as long as the paperwork is in order.

In reality, it's unlikely much would have come from a legitimate investigation anyway. It's one of those "He said/she said" cases (quite literally, in regards to He Kexin) that are impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. That doesn't mean the IOC shouldn't have tried though. By ignoring the mounting evidence and deeming passports "satisfactory" without addressing all the new information that has come to light, Jacques Rogge's organization becomes just as complicit in this mess as the Chinese Olympic officials who started it.

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