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28 Apr 2010
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IOC EB takes decisions on Chinese gymnast Dong Fangxiao

Further to the decision by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) last February to cancel all the results obtained by Chinese gymnast Dong Fangxiao at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney as a consequence of violating the FIG Statutes and Regulations, the IOC Executive Board today decided to:

- withdraw and reallocate accordingly the diplomas of the athlete with respect to the women’s individual floor exercises, in which she placed sixth, and the women’s individual vault, in which she placed seventh;

- withdraw and reallocate accordingly the medals and diplomas of the Chinese women’s team, in which Dong Fangxiao participated, namely, the women’s team event, in which the team placed third.

As a consequence, the US women’s team will be awarded the bronze medal for the women’s team event.

The FIG conducted an inquiry which showed that the athlete was only 14 years old during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, whereas the FIG qualification rules for these Games required that an athlete be at least 16 years old in the year of the Olympic Games. The FIG subsequently disqualified her from all events in which Dong Fangxiao participated in Sydney, namely, the women’s team event; the women’s individual floor exercises; the women’s individual vault; the women’s individual uneven bars; the women’s individual all-around, and the women’s individual balance beam.

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