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SportSwimming superstar Sun Yang has been called a drug cheat, but do the facts stack up?

07:15  21 july  2019
07:15  21 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Sun was called a " drug cheat " by Australian swimmer Mack Horton at the Rio Olympics. There will be coverage of the World Aquatics Championships from Gwangju, South Korea across the BBC from 21 July. Sun Yang won one gold at Rio 2016 and two at the London Olympics.

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When the Swimming World Championships get underway in Gwangju, South Korea, this morning, more than 1 billion people will be taking an interest in one race above all — the men's 400 metres freestyle.

Many Australians will be following the fate of Rio Olympic Games champion Mack Horton, who failed to qualify for any event in Gwangju but was selected anyway.

Everyone will be watching the man Horton beat at the Olympics — defending world champion Sun Yang from China, a man widely considered the one of the greatest freestyle swimmers of all time.

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Under-fire swimming superstar Sun Yang has asked for a public hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport Sun and a security guard are said to have smashed vials of blood collected after independent testers visited the athlete's villa in Zhejiang province last September, according to the leaked report.

There is plenty of evidence controversial swimmer Sun Yang has an As a result, the 24-year-old's numerous record-breaking performances were called into question; he was stripped of his win in the The medication Sun received containing trimetazidine was for a heart muscle condition known as

In the West, much has been written about Sun and the hammer that was used to smash a vial of his blood, preventing drug testers taking it for analysis last September.

Swimmers are being asked what they think and, naturally, they are not impressed — they say they want their sport to crack down on "drug cheats".

One of this country's top swimmers, Cate Campbell, told The Australian "there are discussions that need to be held", while America's Lilly King says the sport's governing body can start with "not letting people who have smashed blood vials in tests compete in their meets".

Listening to the questions posed by journalists and the swimmers' answers reveals no one seems to have actually read the detailed findings of an official inquiry into Sun.

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Mack Horton's world championship protest divides opinion Do you support him?

Chinese swimming officials have demanded an apology after Australian Olympic gold medallist Mack Horton called defending champion Sun Yang a " drug cheat ". Tension between the swimming rivals had been simmering in the lead up to the men's 400m freestyle final in Rio. Horton said earlier this

Sun was called a " drug cheat " by Australian swimmer Mack Horton at the Rio Olympics. There will be coverage of the World Aquatics Championships from Gwangju, South Korea across the BBC from 21 July. Sun Yang won one gold at Rio 2016 and two at the London Olympics.

Yes, there has been one, and the doping tribunal found the Chinese swimmer not guilty. Why was he let off? Because the drug testers failed to follow their own procedures.

Here's the crucial chronology of what happened on that night:

  • Of the three people who arrived to test Sun at his home at around 11:00pm on September 4, 2018, only one had proper accreditation.
  • The swimmer had blood extracted and when filling in the paper work noticed anomalies, which he queried.
  • When the answers weren't to his satisfaction he called his coach, the head of China's swimming delegation and his lawyer, all of whom advised against signing incorrect paperwork.

The report says:

The blood that was initially collected (and subsequently destroyed) was not collected with proper authorisation and thus was not properly a "sample" … as a result, the sample collection session initiated by IDTM on September, 4, 2018, is invalid and void.

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The coach of China's swimmer Sun Yang reacted negatively towards Australian swimmer Mack Horton's drug cheat statement stating that it was not professional. Zhang said Sun Yang has put his focus towards the upcoming swimming races including the 200-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle finals.

Lilly King, known for her comments about Yulia Efimova, is unhappy with Sun Yang 's punishment. Lilly King continues to make her voice heard on doping issues in swimming . King, three years after saying Russian rival Yuliya Efimova should have been barred from the Rio Olympics for a past doping

No FINA DC rule violations can result therefrom.

One of the testing entourage was at the time taking photos and taking video of the swimmer without authority or permission to do so.

The conduct on the part of the DCA (doping control assistant) is highly improper and extremely unprofessional. This should never happen … proof of this conduct by a DCA prior to the athlete providing a chaperoned urine sample is unquestionably reason to immediately suspend the DCA's involvement in the testing mission.

With no other male DCA's to perform this role, the mission with regard to urine collection must be abandoned. Such facts, once established, are a compelling justification for the athlete to refuse to have any further personal and sensitive contact with the DCA.

Sun's entourage queried the qualifications of the nurse who collected the blood from Sun, known as a blood collection assistant or BCA.

FINA called no evidence to rebut the serious contentions made by the athlete regarding the BCA's claimed lack of qualification … Ultimately, the BCA did not testify at the hearing or answer any questions from the athlete.

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Swimming Australia have played down reports that controversial Chinese star Sun Yang asked to change lanes at a training pool ahead of the World The South China Morning Post reported that Sun 's Australian coach, Dennis Cotterell, asked for his swimmer to be moved one lane over so he

The mere presence of Chinese star Sun Yang has drawn the ire of some swimmers , including his Sun is currently facing alleged doping rule violations that risk a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and he Sun finished second, beaten by 0.13 seconds. Horton called out Sun as a “ drug cheat ” in Rio

The Doping Panel is left with significant doubt whether the BCA was properly qualified to draw blood from an athlete.

At around 3:00am, four hours after the drug test had begun, Sun's camp — including his mother, his doctor and a security guard from the compound where the swimmer lives — decided they had no trust in the testers and refused to let the blood vial be taken.

They phoned the chief doctor of the local hospital, who also acts as deputy director of the Zhejiang Anti-Doping Centre, asking what should be done to dispose of the blood sample.

Importantly, the person who oversees International Doping Tests and Management was called into these discussions from his base in Sweden.

As the standoff continued, and several alternatives were canvassed, the Chinese team decided to have the security guard smash the vial with a hammer.

The tribunal described this decision as "foolish" and took the opportunity to warn against such action.

As many CAS awards have stated, it is far more prudent to comply with the directions of a DCO and provide a sample in every case, even if provided "under protest". Subsequently, all manner of complaints and comments can be filed, rather than risk any chance of an asserted violation when an aspect of the doping control process becomes a concern. Staking an entire athletic career on being correct when the issue is complex and contentious is a huge and foolish gamble.

Comment: Doth Horton protest too much? Methinks not after reading the arguments

Comment: Doth Horton protest too much? Methinks not after reading the arguments There has been plenty of commentary saying Mack Horton was out of line with his podium protest against Sun Yang. Spare me.

The Australian swimmer , 20, called out Yang for being a ' drug cheat '. Yang hit back declaring 'I Australia has 'no intention' of apologising to Sun Yang after gold medalist Mack Horton called the It wouldn't have felt right if I raced against someone who had tested positive and didn't bring it up .

It certainly is . Sun has been facing mounting criticism at the 2016 Rio Games after Australian gold medalist Mack Horton repeatedly slammed him as a To be sure, Sun was banned from competition in 2014, but it was for only three months and for a proscribed substance, trimetazidine, that had been

But crucially the panel concluded:

Mr Sun Yang has not committed an anti-doping rule violation.

FINA accepted the findings of the inquiry, but the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) did not. WADA is appealing the finding to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

WADA has not yet pushed for the case to be heard ahead of the world championships, thus clearing Sun to swim and sparking headlines of "dope cheat" and claims he is staring down a "lifetime ban".

What the headlines don't say is that he could also be exonerated.

The ABC has approached lawyers representing Sun, and WADA has been unavailable for comment.

While athletes are being asked their opinions about Sun, this case raises an important question they should all be asking themselves.

If it was you that night, confronted with a three-person doping control entourage, with only one properly accredited, while another videos you without permission, and yet another extracts your blood before you become aware of the flawed process, what would you do?

Entire careers rest on this, a lifetime of training and performance.

To be called a drug cheat is sport's worst slur. If the public is to have faith in athletes, then athletes need to be able to have faith in the system that tests them.

There is still another chapter to play out in the case of Sun — in the pool and out — but what we know right now is that an independent investigation found the swimmer hasn't failed a drug test, and that the anti-doping system has failed him.

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