Friday, August 27, 2004

The invalidation of a "sport" continues 

This whole Paul Hamm fiasco is just plain ugly.

Ueberroth said the USOC considers the case closed, based on the FIG ruling that the scores cannot be changed. He also cited a statement from International Olympic Committee (news - web sites) president Jacques Rogge, who said the IOC (news - web sites) would stick with the results turned in by the federation and wouldn't step in unless there were clear signs of impropriety.

"We are not going to give medals for so-called humanitarian or emotional reasons," Rogge said.

These words are important to note as they are in flagrant contrast to the following which is absolute bullshit.

In a dispute over scores that has turned into a political squabble, the head of the International Gymnastics Federation suggested in a letter to Hamm that giving the all-around gold medal to South Korea (news - web sites)'s Yang Tae-young "would be recognized as the ultimate demonstration of fair play by the whole world."

This is just stupid.

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