Raise your hand if you’re even vaguely surprised:
BEIJING, March 11 (Reuters) – The sports ministry in Guangdong Province says it has undertaken X-Ray bone analysis on 15,000 youth athletes and found a fifth of them had misrepresented their age, local media reported.
The result showed 3,000 were older than they claimed, 2,000 of whom were no longer eligible for any youth sport and 1,000 who should have competed in different age categories. Ye said 16 athletes in one event had faked their age and the worst offenders were up to seven years older than they were allowed to be.
This does raise the question: how do you not notice that the person standing in front of you, claiming to be sixteen, is actually 23?