Former Romanian and US gymnastics coach Bela Karoly attacked China's gymnasts as the official committee started an investigation to determine the real age of gymnast He Kexin as rumors circulated at Beijing that she might be 14 and not 16.

Thus, Bela declared that he invites doctors to examine the gymnasts' teeth and thus be convinced that they are 14 and not 16. He added that all gymnasts should be permitted to take part in the Olympics at 14. Moreover, he reminded people about Romania's famous gymnast Nadia Comaneci who received a 10 at the Olympics when she was 13 years and a half.