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September 18, 2014
FIG bans North Korean gymnast for age cheating

Yong Hwa Cha of North Korea competes in the uneven bars during the Apparatus Finals on the fifth day of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2009 at the O2 Arena on October 17, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images)

LAUSANNE, September 18, 2014 - The FIG Disciplinary Commission has made the decision to withdraw Cha Yong Hwa's license, pursuant to Article 43.2 of the FIG Statutes.

Cha Yong Hwa, the 2006 Asian Games silver medalist who also competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has been suspended from participating in any and all FIG and other international events until 31 December 2015.

All results obtained by Cha Yong Hwa and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Gymnastics Federation's (DPRKGF) Women’s Artistic Gymnastic team in all events at which Cha Yong Hwa participated as a team member from August 2006 onwards are cancelled and all medals and/or prize money received by Cha Yong Hwa and/or the DPRKGF Women’s Artistic Gymnastics team during this period are to be returned to the FIG within 60 days of the date of this decision.

DPRKGF is ordered to pay a fine of CHF 25,000 to the FIG. The DPRKGF is blamed for submitting a fake passport for Cha Yong Hwa and is not to repeat this conduct in the future. The DPRKGF is ordered to pay the costs of these disciplinary proceedings.

Pursuant to the FIG Statutes in force, the gymnast and the DPRKGF may lodge an appeal within 21 days following notification.

Manufacturer sanctioned

The FIG Disciplinary Commission has found that the American Apparatus Manufacturer American Athletic Inc. (AAI) has sold and delivered 20cm landing mats since 15th March 2012 that are different from the mats tested and approved by the FIG Testing Institute. AAI has voluntarily agreed to a number of remedial actions, including an appropriate fine, and the matter has been resolved.

Pursuant to the FIG Statutes in force, AAI may lodge an appeal within 21 days following notification.

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