20 Years On: Yuan Yuan, Victim Of Abuse, & 10 days that put FINA & swimming to shame

Yuan Yuan under arrest, 1998, by Craig Lord at Perth Airport - and generic images by Patrick B. Kraemer

Today marks the 20th anniversary of news that Yuan Yuan, a Chinese schoolgirl, had been seized by police at Sydney Airport on her way with national teammates to the 1998 World Championships in Perth after a large quantity of human growth hormone was found in her kit bag by customs officers. In the coming week, SwimVortex will recall some of the highlights of the Perth 1998 world titles as part of our 20th anniversary coverage. We must start, however, as that year started – with tragic then, on one level, great news – before more tragedy: abuse was at play – and the rogues and cheats abusing teenage athletes had been caught red-handed. What happened next is a story still playing out in the elite pool to this day, one in which victims are made victims anew while its business as usual for the system and leaders who fail to protect clean athletes and the victims of abuse. Our archive: 1998, 2008 and 2009…

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of news that Yuan Yuan, a Chinese schoolgirl, had been seized by police at Sydney Airport on her way with national teammates to the 1998 World Championships in Perth after a large quantity of human growth hormone was found in her kit bag by customs officers. In the coming week, SwimVortex will recall some of the highlights of the Perth 1998 world titles as part of our 20th anniversary coverage. We must start, however, as that year started – with tragic then, on one level, great news – before more tragedy: abuse was at play – and the rogues and cheats abusing teenage athletes had been caught red-handed. What happened next is a story still playing out in the elite pool to this day, one in which victims are made victims anew while its business as usual for the system and leaders who fail to protect clean athletes and the victims of abuse. Our archive: 1998, 2008 and 2009…

Comments

Richard Ortiz

Twenty years later and the only change is Russia for China. And the world still turns round and round. Please let me off. I am getting sick.

Craig Lord

Hang in there, Richard… all good things to those who wait… the time of ‘no hiding place’ is not far down the road.

Richard Ortiz

I am keeping you to that, Craig. Enough with the cheats and those who honestly believe they are doing nothing wrong. Has the Olympic universe become completely sociopathic????

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