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Official calls for bone-age analysis

3/22/2011

BEIJING -- A leading Chinese sports official is calling for the implementation of bone-age analysis to stop athletes from faking their birth certificates to qualify for events.

Cai Zhenhua, the vice president of the State General Administration of Sport, was quoted as saying in Tuesday's official People's Daily newspaper that age fraud besmirches China's national image and tramples on the principle of fair competition.

He also is head of the Chinese table tennis federation and says it will adopt bone-age analysis as a test case.

The IOC stripped China of its 2000 Olympic bronze medal in women's team gymnastics for using an underage girl. The team that won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games was investigated and later cleared of age fraud.