China accepts IOC's decision to take back Olympics medal

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Beijing, Apr 30 (ANI): The Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) has said it respects the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision of stripping its women's team of a bronze medal won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The decision to strip the women's team of the medal was taken after one of its athletes, Dong Fangxiao, was found to be under age.

"The Chinese Olympic Committee has always been committed to safeguarding the fair-play principle in sports and has always ordered its athletes and officials to comply with all rules and regulations of the relevant international federations," said a COC statement.

"The COC has learnt a lesson and will endeavor to prevent a repeat of such incidents in future," the statement added.

'A spokesman for the Chinese Gymnastics Association (CGA), who asked not to be named, said: "The CGA is consistent with the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) in the fight against unsportsmanship behaviors such as age falsification," adding that the CGA accepts the penalty,' reports the Xinhua.

"The CGA would follow the IOC decision," he added.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) conducted an inquiry in February this year, which showed that Dong was only 14 years old during the Sydney Games.

The FIG qualification rules for these Games required that an athlete should be at least 16 years old in the year of the Olympic Games. (ANI)

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