International gymnastics officials are investigating a case of possible age falsification. A North Korean gymnast has listed three different birth dates at three different events. The gymnast, Hong Su Jong, will have to explain why the three dates are inconsistent at a hearing and in written statements, as requested by the International Gymnastics Federation.
According to Universal Sports — Hong’s birthdate is March 9, 1989, on the entry list for the world championships later this month in Rotterdam, Netherlands. But she had a March 9, 1985, birthdate at the 2004 Olympics and the 2006 world championships, and a March 9, 1986, birthdate at the 2007 world championships, where she won the silver medal on vault.
This kind of story brings to light the lack ethics involved for some countries who seemingly want to succeed at all costs in the Olympic games. But at what price? This is flat out cheating! There are rules and limits in the Olympics for a reason, and if they find that she has been changing her birth dates, she should be stripped of any medals she has won.
What do you think? Should she be able to compete again if she is found to be guilty of changing her birth dates?