The Olympic gymnastics individual event finals, currently underway in Beijing, have already sparked controversy on more than one occasion, although they only began yesterday.
Talk of judging errors and judges’ incompetency developed on the crest of an already controversial wave sweeping through Beijing: that of the alleged age of the Chinese women’s team.
The media has made comments suggesting some of the Chinese women do not truly meet the rule that states a gymnast must be 16 years of age or turn 16 during the games in order to compete. Bela Karolyi, who has coached his fair share of champions, insinuated the Chinese government provides inaccurate passports to their gymnasts so they can compete.
With the age argument already brewing, the judges came under attack during the first two nights of women’s individual events finals. Night 1 brought problems at the vault. Alicia Sacramone, a 20-year-old (more…)