Multiple countries cheat on judge exams for 2016 Rio Olympics
Judging in gymnastics has always been surrounded by controversy, with judges often scoring their country mates more favourably. In 2013, as many as 60 applicants from the US, Egypt, Japan, Russia, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria, and more, were caught cheating on tests taken to qualify as judges for rhythmic gymnastics at the 2016 games. Obviously copied answers, unexplained bonus points, inconsistent scoring, multiple sets of handwriting on one exam and missing pages led to the suspension of multiple officials.
Twenty-two countries and about 2,000 athletes participated. The opening ceremony and the majority of events were held at Shepherd’s Bush Stadium. New events included diving , motorboating, indoor tennis, and field hockey . The track-and-field events were marked by bickering between American athletes and British officials. The 400-metre final was nullified by officials who disqualified the apparent winner, American John Carpenter , for deliberately impeding the path of Wyndham Halswelle of Great Britain. A new race was ordered, but the other qualifiers, both American, refused to run. Halswelle then won the gold in the only walkover in Olympic history. See also Sidebar: Dorando Pietri: Falling at the Finish . Henry Taylor of Great Britain starred in the swimming events, winning three gold medals.
[ Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal." ]