Dong Fangxiao (Chinese: 董芳霄; pinyin: Dǒng Fāngxiāo; Chinese characters: Dongbangso; born 23 January 1986) is a former gymnast from the People's Republic of China. She won a bronze medal in the women's team event at the 1999 World Gymnastics Championships in Tianjin, China and a bronze medal in the women's team event at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. All of them were stripped along with their fellow players.
Born in Tangshan City, Hebei Province, Dongfangxiao began his gymnastics career at a young age. Dongfangxiao was a member of the Hebei provincial gymnastics team at the age of 7 and was invited to the China national gymnastics team at the age of 10. In 1999, Dongfangxiao, who was 13 years old at the time, which was too young at the time, was called up to the adult national team and forced to compete in international competitions despite being unable to compete in accordance with the rules of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). At the 1999 World Gymnastics Championships in Tianjin, China, China contributed to winning the bronze medal in the women's team event, placing 6th in the individual overall, 4th in the floor exercise, and 7th in the average. Xiao Dongfang was once again named to the Chinese national adult gymnastics team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, but she was still too young to compete because she was only 14 years old. Nevertheless, Dongfangxiao helped China win a bronze medal in the women's gymnastics team event. Dongfangxiao advanced to the finals in the women's gymnastics individual all-around, floor and vault events, but missed medals in three events, finishing 25th, 6th and 7th respectively. Dongfangxiao was held in Osaka, Japan in 2001 after the closing of the Olympics. He continued to play for the Chinese national gymnastics team at the East Asian Games, the 2001 Summer Universiade in Beijing, China, and the FIG Gymnastics World Cup. However, she said Dongfang Xiao retired from her gymnastics circle in 2001 when she was 15 years old when she suffered a bone necrosis in her leg. She notes that when Dongfang Xiao retired from her gymnastics circle in 2001, she was not old enough to compete in international competitions as an adult national since she did not reach her 16th birthday until 2002.
Age manipulation controversy
Dongfang Xiao competed in international gymnastics competitions during her athlete days with a passport stating her date of birth was January 20, 1983. However, she registered her birth date as January 23, 1986 at the time she participated as a technical member of the Chinese national gymnastics team at the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China. Controversy was also raised about her age manipulation of her Dongfang Xiao, as her Dongfang Xiao listed her same date of birth on her own resume.
If she assumes that Dongfang Xiao was born in 1986, she would be 13 at the time of the 1999 World Gymnastics Championships and 14 at the time of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, so she is the minimum qualifying age required by the International Gymnastics Federation. He must have been two years younger than the 16-year-old. For reference, the International Gymnastics Federation has set a 16-year-old age limit for young gymnasts to compete in, starting in 1997, to prevent injuries. The US Olympic Committee disputed Dong Fangxiao's age, and the International Gymnastics Federation launched an investigation. The Chinese Gymnastics Federation explained it as an administrative error, but raised suspicions of age manipulation when Dong Fangxiao revealed on his blog that he was born in 1985, the year of the Ox. It was concluded that the athlete was ineligible to participate in the adult gymnastics competition held between them. Therefore