China's Sun served three-month ban for doping test

Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:48am EST
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(Reuters) - China's world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang served a three-month ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) said on Monday.

The agency said Sun had tested positive for trimetazidine, a substance normally used to treat angina. The stimulant was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) banned list this year.

"I have taken many doping tests during years of training and competition and I had never failed one before," Sun told China's official Xinhua news agency.

"I was shocked and depressed at that time, but at the same time it made me cherish my sporting life even more. I will take it as a lesson and be more careful in the future."

CHINADA said Sun tested positive in May during the national swimming championships and although the result was "not very serious" it still warranted a penalty.

Sun was also fined 5,000 RMB ($816) while officials from his provincial swim team were also handed unspecified penalties.

“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 said.

"Because of this, the three-month ban is reasonable."

Xinhua said Sun had waived his right to have his 'B sample' tested but had defended himself at a hearing in July, saying he had been prescribed the drug for heart palpitations he has suffered since 2008 and was unaware that it was recently banned.   Continued...

China's Sun Yang arrives wearing headphones before competing in the men's 1500m freestyle final swimming competition at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 26, 2014. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne