Fraser-Holmes: No Excuses But “Hard To Digest” Ban When Sun* Served No Time Out

Tom Fraser-Holmes - from the Viktre interview

Thomas Fraser-Holmes, the Australian swimmer appealing against a year-long ban after he failed to make himself available for three out-of-competition anti-doping tests in 2016, has broken his silence. In the week that brought news that his legal team is appealing a one-year ban that exceeds penalties handed down to swimmers who actually tested positive for banned substances, including Sun Yang*, the Olympic and World champion from China, Fraser-Holmes speaks to Viktre of his torment, his errors and his hope of returning to the Dolphin school one day.

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Thomas Fraser-Holmes, the Australian swimmer appealing against a year-long ban after he failed to make himself available for three out-of-competition anti-doping tests in 2016, has broken his silence. In the week that brought news that his legal team is appealing a one-year ban that exceeds penalties handed down to swimmers who actually tested positive for banned substances, including Sun Yang*, the Olympic and World champion from China, Fraser-Holmes speaks to Viktre of his torment, his errors and his hope of returning to the Dolphin school one day.

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Bad Anon

Justin Gatlin beat Usain Bolt last night at the world championships finals.. Gatlin got busted twice for PED use in his career and he is now world champion. Efimova and Sun too in the same bracket…. I wonder what the guardians of these sports think about all this… Perhaps the media(fake news…. all pun intended 😉 is painting these athletes in extremely negative light, making them villains when they (doped athletes) have shown remorse and are now examples of how one can give up doping and still return to the top… The balance between speaking out against doping and giving reformed athletes a second chance is one too delicate to strike…

Craig Lord

Bad Anon: ‘shown remorse’? If only. Sun*, Efimova*, Gatlin* and a fair few others have shown no remorse whatsoever, as far as I can see… indeed, they have been deliberately provocative and disrespectful to fellow competitors along the way, including comments made and attitudes taken at the point of comeback (no comeback for Sun, of course – he never went away, despite a positive test… his case a case of FINA et al failing to do the right thing, failing to sing the right mood music, making sure that their msg is ‘let’s not be too harsh on minor mistakes’, a msg that completely fails clean sport. If the custodians of sport don’t get this right, then athletes and others are left with no choice but to make the environment one of “Star Wars”, complete with isolation of cheats, booing, jeering and much else. And look at your last words again: second chance? Gatline was done twice and still came back. Broken system.

Bad Anon

 

If what you felt when Gatlin crossed the finish line was a small but piercing echo of the numb emptiness experienced on the nights of the Brexit referendum and 2016 US election, no wonder. In sport, as elsewhere, cheats and liars win even when almost everyone knows them for liars and cheats. In the age of Brexit and Trump, could you wish for a more fitting world champion?

An excerpt from the UK Independent newspaper

Craig Lord

Yes, except it sounds like it was written by someone too young to remember that In sport that has been the case for decades, not just in the age of Brexit and Trump.

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