LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee is following developments in the case of two Chinese gymnasts suspected of being underage at the 2000 Summer Games, and says it will take “necessary measures.”
The investigation into Dong Fangxiao and Yang Yun’s eligibility has been turned over to a disciplinary commission, the International Gymnastics Federation announced Tuesday. If they are found to be underage, the commission would recommend sanctions to the FIG’s executive committee.
But it would be up to the IOC to determine what, if anything, to do about the medals China won in Sydney. The Chinese women won the team bronze medal, and Yang was the bronze medalist on the uneven bars.
“The IOC will take necessary measures upon the decision of the FIG disciplinary commission,” IOC spokeswoman Sandrine Tonge said Wednesday.
…Zhou Qiurui, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Gymnastics Association, said the association had received a notice from the FIG and was willing to cooperate, but did not have any details on how that would be done.
“Lu Shanzhen, the deputy director of our association who is in charge of the women’s team, is not in Beijing,” Zhou said.
Sounds like the IOC is willing to do something — medal-stripping, banning participation from World Championships or even Olympic Games, something — if the FIG denounces the Yang and Dong. The U.S. women, who finished fourth in the team competition, would be in line to receive the bronze if China’s team medals were to be stripped. Ukranian Viktoria Karpenko, one of the best and most luckless gymnasts of the quadrennium, would receive Yang Yun’s bronze medal on uneven bars.
A decision on the matter is expected by September at the latest.