China’s Sun served three-month swim ban for doping test


Tue, Nov 25, 2014 - Page 19

China’s world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang served a three-month ban for a failed doping test earlier this year, the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) revealed on Monday.

The agency said Sun had tested positive for trimetazidine, a stimulant that was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list this year.

Sun tested positive in May during China’s national swimming championships and although he said he took the drug for medical reasons, Chinese officials said it still warranted a penalty.

“Sun Yang in this matter was not completely responsible and the positive test is his mistake, but the mistake is not very serious or negligent,” CHINADA deputy director Zhao Jian told Xinhua news agency. “Because of this the three-month ban is reasonable.”

Sun did not immediately comment on the case, but Xinhua said he had waived his right to have his “B sample” tested and defended himself at a hearing in July.

Sun said he had been taking trimetazidine for medical reasons and was unaware that it had been added to the list of banned stimulants, Xinhua added.

The drug was put on the prohibited list in January.

CHINADA did not say when the ban was imposed, but Sun competed at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea in late September, winning three gold medals.