29 Apr 2010

China stripped of Sydney gymnastics bronze

6:18 am on 29 April 2010

The International Olympic Committee has stripped China of its women's gymnastics team bronze medal from the Sydney 2000 Olympics after one of the athletes falsified her age,.

An International Gymnastics Federation probe had found in February that Dong Fangxiao was 14 in Sydney when the minimum age requirement was16.

She registereed different ages at Sydney and the Beijing Games eight years later.

The United States are now upgraded to third and will be awarded the bronze medal.

The IOC ordered the Chinese Olympic Committee to return the medal and her diplomas so they can be re-awarded and told the committee it must ensure rules regarding age-limits are strictly kept.