Stunning. I Would Have Never Guessed He's Still Prepubescent, But Does It Really Matter?
As The Olympics Turn continues.
If you watched any of the Woman's All-Around Gymnastics competition on Tuesday night, you heard NBC's play-by-play announcer Al Trautwig and analyst Tim Daggett comment often about the growing controversy regarding the actual age of the Chinese gymnastics participants.
Olympic rules state that you must turn 16 during the calendar year to compete.
Most of the discussion has revolved around He Kexin, pictured above. I think you can draw your own conclusion, and Tratwig certainly shared his.
Today, more evidence surfaced that He (she) is just 13-years-old, which would shock no one. A state media agency, Xinhau, filed a report that appeared on their website this morning reporting her real age. Naturally, the document disappeared not long after the Associated Press reported their findings.
We need to debate how old Kexin is. She's not 16. The real discussion here is whether her age actually matters. I understand that the Olympic age is set at 16, and thus China has broken the rules, but in the big picture, should there be an age limit?
Kexin is unquestionably one of the best gymnasts in the world; her uneven bars performance in women's all-around competition provided all the evidence needed. So, if she's one of the top Chinese at her sport, shouldn't she be allowed to compete with the best in the world? I have no problem with that. I don't encourage the type of training He is put through at such a young age, but that may be a whole different conversation.
She's young, and incredibly talented. Whether she's 13, or 16 as she says, she's deserving of her participation in these Olympic Games.
What are your feelings on this age limit? Should the Chinese be penalized for breaking, or bending the rules?