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Child athletes are too valuable for the Olympic system to set age limits

The Olympic Games thrive on high-performing children – some of them so young that they are not even allowed to compete in the Youth Olympic Games. Jens Weinreich discusses why it is so hard for Olympic sports federations to set age limits and shows how it leaves child athletes vulnerable to authoritarian states chasing medals and sport glory. (First published by Play the Game)

The doping case of Kamila Valieva has raised questions about a minimum age for Olympic athletes. Again. The age rules are defined very differently in the seven Olympic winter sports federations. It is no different among the summer sports federations. Age regulations sometimes differ even within these federations, depending on the sport, discipline, or gender. In the International Skating Union (ISU), a proposal to raise the minimum age in figure skating from fifteen to seventeen years failed most recently in June 2018. Of course, at the ISU congress at the time, the Russians also voted against this proposal.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) introduced the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) at its 2007 Session in Guatemala. Why are there these global competitions called YOG, when at the same time children participate in – how shall we say: real – Olympic Games? Why is there so little coordination? Why has not even the IOC, as the sole owner of these circus events, reminded us of these Youth Games in the bitter discussions of the past weeks?

Was vom Tage übrig bleibt (52): Gesine Tettenborn lässt ihren Doping-Weltrekord streichen

Aus dem aktuellen Spiegel: Gesine Tettenborn, geb. Walther, ließ ihren Namen aus der Rekordliste des Deutschen Leichtathletik-Verbandes streichen. Frau Tettenborn rannte gemeinsam mit Marita Koch, Sabine Busch und Dagmar Rübsam im Juni 1984 in Erfurt einen „Weltrekord“ in der Rundenstaffel. Nachdem vor einigen Jahren bereits Ines Geipel ihren Namen aus der Rekordliste der Klub-Sprintstaffel tilgen ließ, stehen nun zwei Sternchen in den Annalen:

Dazu zwei Hörbefehle, zwei Interviews von Astrid Rawohl gestern im Deutschlandfunk:

  • Interview mit Spiegel-Autor Udo Ludwig:


  • Interview mit Gesine Tettenborn:


Ergänzend eines meiner Lieblingsdokumente aus dem DDR-Dopingfundus, ein Treffbericht von Manfred Höppner alias IM Technik.