"I'm sorry to say that some of our past results from international youth games were not real as we had some over-aged players in the squads," Xinhua quoted Zhang Xiong, director of the training and research department of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), as saying on Tuesday. "But from now on, we promise to have real U-18 or U-20 national teams compete in our internationals." Zhang did not elaborate as to which international matches had been tainted, but said that future age fraud would be dealt with harshly in a new registration policy implemented by the CBA.
"Age fraud is the cancer of the development of our youth teams. We will start a war against age fraud as we have against doping," Zhang said.
—"Official admits age fraud," China Daily, November 16, 2006
Carlos Alberto, who helped Brazil win the under-20 World Championship in 2003, said he was 25 at the time. He received a one-year suspension by Brazil's top sports tribunal. On Thursday, he was interrogated by Brazilian federal police and could be charged with fraud.
Commonplace in Africa, age-fraud is widely believed to be rife in Brazil, but very few athletes have been caught or suspended.
—Tales Azzoni, "Player's suspension stirs age-cheating controversy in Brazil," Associated Press Worldstream, December 1, 2006
—"Nigeria to reject FIFA charge," Xinhua General Overseas News Service, April 13, 1990