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Olympic controversy prompts change

Updated: May 27, 2005, 2:31 PM ET
Associated Press

HELSINKI, Finland -- Gymnasts will be able to appeal their scores to judges using video replays under a new rule passed Friday by the sport's world governing body.

The international federation, known as FIG, also raised the minimum age limit for Olympics and world championships by one year to 16. The rule, for men and women, will go into effect in 2009.

The rule on scoring protests takes effect immediately. It applies only to the level of difficulty of a routine, not the execution.

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