Photo by Jeni Hull
It seems that the suspicion towards Chinese gymnast' age is never ending.

British gymnast Sam Oldham, who was part of the bronze medal winning team at the London Olympics in 2012, tweeted his suspicion towards the age of China's Shang Chunsong who was one of the participants in the all around final in Glasgow.

"Surely this Chinese kid ain't 19" tweeted Oldham.  

Chunsong was born in 1996, although she was eligible to compete at London Olympics, she was not selected to represent her country. Her first big assignment was the 2013 World championships.


This is not the first time for Chunsong to be a victim of such suspicion. Two years ago, former US gymnast Nastia Liukin made a tweet after the worlds were over, writing that she got a picture from her compatriot and Olympic champion Aly Raisman which she thought was hilarious and added "She is 17 or not" hashtag.  Seventeen years old was the age of Shang Chunsong who was the last female Chinese gymnast to compete at the championship. Olympic champion Jordyn Wieber replied to Liukin's tweet with "Got the same one" using hashtag "Not 17".

At the same championships (2013 Antwerp), Marta Karolyi accused China of sending underage gymnasts.


While some Twitter users agreed with his suspicion, others responded negatively.

"That is the most insensitive thing that can ever come from a professional gymnast" a fan replied.

"Britain WTF? Last year Marissa Kings “I wanna give these Chinese girls a cheeseburger” comment. Then at the start of worlds Lisa Mason on Wang Yan “Nah mate They need to check her age she looks 10!!!” And now this" wrote a Tumblr user

It is worth mentioning that Chunsong gives the money she earns from the sport to her family in order to improve their living.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid


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