Following the breaking news yesterday that two time Olympian and Chinese star gymnast Cheng Fei had ruptured her achilles tendon in training, the Chinese have called out to the FIG stating that they would like modifications to be made to the Code of Points. President of the Chinese Gymnastics Federation, Ye Zhennan told Xiuanet.com:
“Despite wearing tendon protectors, Cheng still tore her Achilles during a training session.”
“Not only China, but other teams including Russia and the United States face injury woes.”
“It’s time for the FIG to make some changes to the rules.”
Off the top of my head, I can think of Alicia Sacramone (USA), Becky Downie (GBR), Sara Cantanzaro (Switzerland), Fabian Hambuechen (GER), Clara Della Vedova (FRA) who have all suffered Achilles injuries in the past two years..and that’s just off the top of my head. Ful Twist has previously discussed achilles injuries and offered an explanation when super star footballer David Beckham ruptured his back in 2010.
These photos of Cheng Fei with taped ankles were published online back in April with a heavy amount of taping on her ankles. At 24, she was high at risk of injury especially with previous problems.
What are your thoughts? Is the demand for higher difficulty just too much for the gymnasts bodies? Do you agree or disagree with Ya Zhennan? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.