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Basketball Players in China are Older than they Appear

China - Yao Ming

A professional basketball league in China and thirty-six of its players are under investigation for age fraud. According to China Sports Daily, athletic professionals are commonly accused of altering players’ ages for various tournaments. This became apparent to most Americans (and foreigners) during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when China “used” underage women on their gymnastics squad. I quoted used because the case was recently under investigation – And gymnastics cases from the 2000 Sydney Olympics still are.

The Chinese hosted the Olympics this year and won second place overall. Much press was gained from the events – So investigating age fraud isn’t all that important to the committee. Not to mention the Chinese already received the severest punishment they possibly could – Losing to the Americans.

The Chinese basketball situation is slightly different though. Players have been listed much younger than their actual age. My thoughts immediately shift to Yao Ming – Could the man possibly be older than stated?

Personally, age fraud isn’t worth it. It’s cool to use a fake I.D. when trying to get into bars, but legally? It only serves as an embarrassment when you can’t perform a few years down the road. The basketball association has “understood” this and promises to be stricter in the future when enlisting athletes.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 9, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA, Olympic Sports | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment