FINA: China Sought To Let Sun Yang Swim On Without Sanction After Doping Positive

Sun Yang - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Three months after being asked for the first of many times when FINA knew that Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang had tested positive, the international swim federation has revealed that the delay in the reporting of the case was in part down to China’s initial decision to impose no sanction on its star swimmer

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Three months after being asked for the first of many times when FINA knew that Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang had tested positive, the international swim federation has revealed that the delay in the reporting of the case was in part down to China’s initial decision to impose no sanction on its star swimmer

Comments

Mike Higgs

When are the medals he won at the Asian Games going to be taken away and awarded to the rightful person?

Carry on Craig…..Fina and the Chinese federation cannot be trusted

skugi

This is getting out of hand.
It seem to me that the WADA should be on FINA’s ass for this. Can one of the most recognized athletes in the sport be let off the hook so easily, but what’s more important so quietly?
The media should’ve heard about this from FINA itself.

Boris

This is crazy that the world’s most dominant swimmer (in his events) can get away with cheating so easily….

Francene

Not only is this a farce, but it also means all Chinese athletes, including clean ones, will have suspicion if they have great performances.

This particular drug enhances performance in the exact way Sun Yang swims – increased endurance at high speed and the ability to have an incredible kick for the finishing sprint (“kick” was used metaphorically, not literally).

Hmmm… Shiwen Ye???

Marty

Sun Yang and Park Tae-Hwan made the Asian Games into a bit of a doping games, didn’t they?

Jim C

When did drug testers first know he was taking the drug, and why wasn’t the drug banned earlier?

rose

Think they should check the samples of both Sun Yang and Park from London……just saying.

major.fr

Jim C, why wasn’t the drug banned earlier?- go ask WADA ,pls.
When are the medals he won at the Asian Games going to be taken away and awarded to the rightful person?- come on, Inchon game was after his sanction.
Trimetazidine was widely used on athletes until it got prohibited in 2014.
I don’t understand those people who want Sun to suffer more, are you really fighting for justice , or you just want Sun quit to give other athletes from other nations a chance to win the Olympic& world championship?

Craig Lord

major… the case is about much more than Sun and his doctor giving him a heart packer … beyond taking a banned substance, Sun then worked with his doctor in Incheon knowing that the doctor was suspended. That, in the WADA Code and FINA rules, constitutes a second offence (on two different levels – one requiring the doctor to now be barred until May 2017 under WADA Code 10.12.3. Under FINA rules, no athlete, federation or other affiliated member may work with a suspended body/entity: Jim C is right to ask why the medals have not been removed. If anti-doping rules are not there to be observed by all and enforced by all responsible for enforcing them (FINA), there is no point in having them – at which point there would be no point in sport.

Craig Lord

Jim C… WADA added the drug for 2014 – and publicised that very well – well enough for China to have sat up and taken note, no question – after testers had observed a trend among athletes to use the substance for performance enhancing reasons – they had been aware of it for a few years but made a move when it became clear that the substance was being abused, not taken only by those who needed it for medical use. The fact that there is no TUE status attached to the substance tells us all we need to know about whether a world-class athlete who needs such a heart drug ought to be training and competing at the level Sun has. In some countries – Italy comes to mind – an athlete can be ruled out of competing further if medical checks reveal a condition that would make it dangerous for them to swim (run etc) on at world elite level.

Jim C

Why wait for a trend of abuse? Isn’t one athlete using the drug enough to justify banning the drug?

Craig Lord

Jim C – I don’t think it works like that … new substances and compounds are being developed all the time … for sick people … it isn’t instantly obvious that a heart drug will be used by a spokesperson to cheat … and Sun and the likes maintain that he did not do so to cheat but because he has a heart condition (which leads us to the other aspect of his case that is worrying and shows another form of uneven treatment – in some countries he might have been ‘retired’ had he needed medical assistance for his heart to cope with the things he copes with…)

major.fr

thx,craig.
will the “second offence” only lead to Sun lossing the medals, or all athletes coworked with dr.ba during the asian games facing their results taken away, & dr.ba may facing second trial?

Craig Lord

major, the strongest case is for extending Dr Ba’s ban by a year – his was a clear case of the rules being broken; a second offence sanction against Sun is less likely to be even raised given that there have been many similar infringements down the years without consequence, FINA never truly having been committed to enforcing he full spirit and word of the WADA Code (nor the same for its own rule book) – if a case were to be raised against Sun, however, then it would also apply to any others who worked with Dr Ba (something that would, I imagine, be more difficult to prove and would carry little water in that other athletes might well have been unaware of Dr Ba’s status at the time): I understand that Dr Ba was removed from the official list of China team officials – but he still had an accreditation and there is certainly a case for the CSA to be sanctioned for allowing the doctor to work with its No 1 athlete while knowing that he was serving a bar – no way round that one… but again, it is a question of whether FINA will enforce the Code… as yet, there is no sign of that happening.

major.fr

Jim C, craig is right on it.

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