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Dong Fangxiao stripped of Olympic medal, Chinese fans angry

Chinese fans blamed China's sports system for the ruling that stripped gymnast Dong Fangxiao of her Olympic bronze medal because she was only 14 when she competed. The women’s team bronze will now go to the US gymnastics team.

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Chinese sports fans reacted with anger to the news that gymnast Dong Fangxiao had been stripped of her Olympic medal. But their ire was directed at the Chinese government, not the International Olympic Committee.

“Cry for Dong Fangxiao, Victim of the Sports System” read the headline on today’s post by Li Jiayang, sports columnist on the popular Netease web portal.

"Competing for her local team in the Chinese National Games, she damaged her knee permanently, in order to win an Olympic medal for the national team, her age was hidden (I don't dare to use the word 'falsify' which may cause trouble)” Mr. Li wrote, “and she has been humiliated. It’s enough to make you cry.”

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