Why did the IOC wait so long to investigate the Chinese Gymnasts?

This is my theory: the IOC does not want the Olympics to become like American baseball, which is now defined by steroids, HGH, and scandal. Although there have been many athletes kicked out of the Olympics for doping already, an uncovering of this alleged scandal would be very damaging to the reputation of the... show more This is my theory: the IOC does not want the Olympics to become like American baseball, which is now defined by steroids, HGH, and scandal. Although there have been many athletes kicked out of the Olympics for doping already, an uncovering of this alleged scandal would be very damaging to the reputation of the Olympics. The Olympics isn't like baseball (yet) in that we're all not wondering who is cheating when we think of the Olympics, but a scandal like this from the host nation (who has put forth an incredible amount of effort to portray a certain image to the world - even going so far as to kick out that 9-year-old girl who sang from the Opening Ceremonies because she wasn't cute enough) would be a huge blow to the Olympics as a whole. Not only that, it would completely destroy the image China has worked so hard to portray. This scandal will overshadow any success that China has had these Olympics, and this is what China will be remembered for. The IOC should have done their job earlier before the story blew up in the press.

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