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Sun served three-month doping ban
24 Nov 2014 15:03
China's world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang served a three-month ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant.
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The China Anti-Doping Agency revealed today that Sun had tested positive for trimetazidine, a substance normally used to treat angina. The stimulant was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list this year.
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"I have taken many doping tests during years of training and competition and I had never failed one before," Sun told China's Xinhua news agency.
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"I was shocked and depressed at that time, but at the same time it made me cherish my sporting life even more. I will take it as a lesson and be more careful in the future."
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CHINADA said Sun tested positive in May during the national swimming championships and although the result was "not very serious" it still warranted a penalty.
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Sun was also fined 5,000RMB (€657) while officials from his provincial swim team were also handed unspecified penalties.
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"Sun Yang in this matter was not completely responsible and the positive test is his mistake, but the mistake is not very serious or negligent," CHINADA deputy director Zhao Jian said.
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"Because of this, the three-month ban is reasonable."
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Xinhua said Sun had waived his right to have his 'B sample' tested but had defended himself at a hearing in July, saying he had been prescribed the drug for heart palpitations he has suffered since 2008 and was unaware that it was recently banned.
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Trimetazidine was added to WADA's banned list, which is updated annually, in January this year as an "example to reflect emerging patterns of drug use."
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Zhao insisted that CHINADA was not trying to cover up Sun's positive test and that news of his suspension had been held back because mistakes couldn’t be made in a case involving "the most famous athlete in China".
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"Sun is the most famous athlete in China and is known in the world, which means we need to handle his case very cautiously," Zhao said.
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"We announce positive cases and test statistics in our quarterly reports just as WADA requires."
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China won 12 of 16 women's titles at the 1994 world championships in Rome but their achievements were sullied less than a month later when seven of their swimmers tested positive for banned drugs at the Asian Games in Hiroshima.
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At the 1998 world championships in Perth, four Chinese were sent home after testing positive for steroids a week after one of their team-mates and her coach were caught at Sydney Airport smuggling human growth hormone.
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Chinese authorities pledged to crack down but the world remained sceptical when 27 Chinese athletes, including four swimmers, were dropped from the Olympic team before the 2000 Sydney Games.
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China won just one swimming gold at each of the next two Olympics but resurfaced at the 2012 Games in London, winning five titles, including two each from Sun and Ye Shiwen.
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Sun became the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming title and was hailed as a national hero, while Ye was subjected to thinly-veiled accusations about her performances after winning the women's individual medley double.
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