Sun Yang Left Off Zhejiang Shortlist As His Coach Brian King Faces ASCTA Hearing

Sun Yang by Patrick Kraemer [inset: Brian King]

Brian King, the coach who has taken on Sun Yang in the wake of the Chinese Olympic champion being barred from funded centres in Australia after a positive doping test last year, faces a tribunal hearing at ASCTA next week; Sun left off Zhejiang shortlist for sports honour

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Brian King, the coach who has taken on Sun Yang in the wake of the Chinese Olympic champion being barred from funded centres in Australia after a positive doping test last year, faces a tribunal hearing at ASCTA next week; Sun left off Zhejiang shortlist for sports honour

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Bill Bell

Obviously I have no direct knowledge of Sun’s situation vis-a-vis his coaching situation or getting snubbed for a provincial sports award but it gas to be taking an emotional/physical toll on him.

If he can shrug these distractions off and still win @ Kazan this summer it’ll make him almost invincible come Rio — unless Connor Jaeger (Mike McBroom?) can drop 20 seconds in next 16 months.

But some 40 years ago an obscure high-school sophomore at Mission Viejo High wasn’t on anyone’s short list to make the plane to Montreal…and all he did the following year was win the U.S. Olympic Trials “mile” in a then career-best 15:05-plus then won the gold and set the world-record at Montreal (15:02.40).

Now what was his name again?

Oh the GOAT– Brian Goodell.

Can’t recall his coach’ s name though…who was he again?

So Cal Swimmer

But Bill, Brian had won the silver medal at the world championships the previous year in Cali.

Bill Bell

Yeah but it was all Tin Shaw/Steve Holland.

Brian was a decided afterthought.

Clive Rushton

Bill, I’m sure you’re starting to worry quite a few people; what on earth has this to do with Sun Yang’s current situation?

George

Even if Mr King does have a case to answer he will be free to train the Chinese, he is sub-contracting and not requiring a blue card. Do SAL then intervene?

Craig Lord

Good question, George. In general, and not specific to the undecided case referred to in this article: I don’t know where the precise boundary rests for any coach, to be honest. Obviously, the federation can draw a line and define access to the world it clearly has jurisdiction over, so all accredited meets, clubs, members, funded centres, international teams etc., while I would imagine that in places just beyond those borders there is ‘official’ pressure (from public authorities, private sponsors and the public itself, for example) of the kind that places value on professional accreditation. In the wider world, there is much that leaves a lot to be desired (not only among coaches) in the realms of who has access to athletes, meets and even the deck of a world championships.

felixdangerpants

This all seems a bit pedantic. I sat in a meeting not along with a bunch of furious Australian coaches blabbering on about why the **** are we helping the Chinese. Very short minded considering how much foreign program’s & coaches have done for Australians over the years.

Craig Lord

Felix, pedantic is something I would not agree with as a description for any of this: a wonderful thing to help people … even more so where there is trust and a two-way street and genuine exchange of ideas and learning processes and more … and in sport a wonderful thing, too, to imagine that all would be operating within roughly the same parameters of controls, with similar commitment of engagement in world swimming. There is so much more China could do to make the street more two way. And while I favour engagement over simply slamming the door and bolting it back in the place it was 20 years ago (even 15), I don’t think you can compare China with those others who played a part in Australian swimming development in history: very different relationships.

George

Interesting comment made by an ex-Miami member today: http://swimswam.com/sun-yang-still-training-australia-despite-severed-ties-former-coach/

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