Chinese media are reporting that the doping control chaperone involved in the disputed test of Sun Yang last fall was an untrained, unauthorized high school classmate of the main doping control officer. The report quotes – anonymously – the chaperone himself, who says he was called to help on the night of the test.
China’s XinhuaNet, the official state-run news outlet of the Chinese government, published the story, quoting both Sun’s lawyer Zhang Qihuai and the doping control chaperone, who wishes to remain anonymous.
Zhang says that of the three-person testing team who arrived to perform an out-of-competition anti-doping test on Sun on September 3, 2018, only one was trained to perform the tests. Zhang says that the other two were “temporarily found and not trained,” in a rough translation of the Chinese.
Zhang goes on to say that the ‘blood test officer’ was a friend of the Doping Control Officer and had no professional nurse’s practice certificate. The ‘urine test officer’ was a high school classmate of the Doping Control Officer, according to Zhang. As DCO’s at the testing agency in question (IDTM) are required to be 21 or older, it appears the two were former, not current, high school classmates, though the translation isn’t entirely clear.
Those titles are a little different, but roughly correspond to the three people noted as present in the anti-doping panel’s investigation and decision to clear Sun of wrongdoing. That panel listed a DCO (an unnamed woman, the main testing officer), a DCA (‘doping control assistant’ or ‘chaperone’, noted in the XinhuaNet account as the ‘urine test officer’ and still anonymous) and a BCA (‘blood collection assistant’ or ‘blood test officer’ in the XinhuaNet story, named in the anti-doping panel document).
Urine Test Officer: ‘I was temporarily called to help, and somehow involved in this matter’
XinhuaNet quotes that ‘urine test officer’ anonymously later in the story, essentially confirming Zhang’s allegations.
“My high school classmate temporarily called me to help, because I am a man,” the urine test officer explained. “When taking a male urine sample, it is more convenient for a man to be present. My classmate told me that this matter should be kept confidential.”
The urine test officer said he did not know what to do in his role, and wasn’t clear on the importance of the test. As the test was in summer, he wore shorts and sandals, and wonders aloud in the story if that was part of why Sun challenged his authorization. The urine test officer admits to being excited to see Sun and taking out his phone to take a video of Sun.
The officer did say sun was “warm and polite” to him, and reiterated that he didn’t know what was required of him in the ‘urine test officer’ role, nor what qualifications or documents he needed.
Blood Test Officer credentials also questioned
XinhuaNet also reports that the blood test officer did not have all the required credentials. Per XinhuaNet, the blood test officer provided a “professional technical title certificate” (again, a rough translation of the original Chinese), but did not have a “nurse license.” Regulations on nursing practice say that those with the certificate but not the proper license should not “engage in… nursing activities”, according to XinhuaNet.