Planet China

Bad sports

There are a lot of people who lie about their age; particularly as the years creep by. Mostly it is harmless vanity. But the Guangzhou Daily reports on a more serious situation in China. The Guangdong provincial sports ministry subjected 15,000 athletes to x-ray bone analysis, in order to determine their age. Around 3,000 had faked their age to “gain a competitive advantage”. The sample was taken of top athletes who had participated in the province’s youth competitions. The survey discovered that 2,000 (i.e. 13% of the sample) were no longer even eligible to compete in youth events. The worst offender was actually seven years older than the age limit. Guangzhou, which will host the Asian Games next year, is intent on stamping out cheating ahead of the event.


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