FINA Won’t ‘Consider Further Speculation and Hearsay’ About Sun Yang

FINA, the international governing body of swimming, issued a statement Monday following the swimming world’s intense reaction to The Sunday Times’ report that a vial of Chinese star Sun Yang’s blood was intentionally destroyed during an out-of-competition drug test last September.

FINA is aware of the reports in the Sunday Times and other media outlets regarding Chinese swimmer Sun Yang. In accordance with FINA‘s Anti-Doping Policy (FINA DC Rules 14.1.5 and 14.3.3) and the decision of the Doping Panel, FINA is not authorised to comment the case. Moreover, FINA will not consider further speculation and hearsay on this matter.

FINA has zero tolerance for the use of banned performance-enhancing substances and methods. FINA remains completely committed to protecting our clean athletes, with a very robust anti-doping programme, and this has proven highly effective in ensuring clean competition at the World Championships and Olympic Games. FINA continued to implement this intensive approach in Hangzhou, China, during the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2018 and will do so again in the future, to preserve the integrity of our sport.

The Sunday Times story alleges that Sun’s mother, after he broke a number of testing protocols, ordered security guards to destroy a vial of his blood taken in a nearby clubhouse, according to witnesses. Dr. Ba Zhen, who supports Sun (and who like Sun has a history with doping), reportedly contacted Dr. Han Zhaoqi, the head of the Zhejiang Anti-Doping Center. Han told FINA that the nurse present didn’t have the necessary paperwork, and at a January 3rd hearing, the FINA panel ruled in Sun’s favor, stating that they would “never know” what had happened.

The World Anti-Doping Association, however, has been claimed to be ‘furious’ over the ruling, and are considering an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. According to WADA rules, WADA has 21 days following “the last day on which any other party in the case could have appealed” or 21 days “after WADA’s receipt of the complete file relating to the decision.” With athletes or national anti-doping organizations themselves having a 21-day appeal period, that would give WADA until February 14th to appeal the decision of the FINA panel.

Sun’s lawyer Zhang Qihuai issued a statement to Xinhua Sunday threatening to sue The Sunday Times over defamation: “We reserve the right to file a lawsuit against the relevant international media which reports the incident,” the statement read.  It also accused The Times of reporting the news with a “malign intention” and “dubious motives,” and “infringing upon Sun’s privacy and reputation.”

The Chinese Swimming Assocation additionally issued a statement backing Sun’s camp on the claims of defamation.

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Sprintdude9000
2 years ago

“FINA has zero tolerance for the use of banned performance-enhancing substances and methods”

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Jimbo
Reply to  Sprintdude9000
2 years ago

I was literally typing this

WCNJCTNY
Reply to  Sprintdude9000
2 years ago

The 3 down votes must be FINA board members or drug abusing athletes.

WCNJCTNY
Reply to  WCNJCTNY
2 years ago

Now 4. LOL.

YAYEETUS
Reply to  WCNJCTNY
2 years ago

lmao CHINA

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Sprintdude9000
2 years ago

Like how you worked that “g” in there.

Dink
Reply to  Sprintdude9000
2 years ago

fInA hAs ZeRo ToLeRaNcE

YAYEETUS
Reply to  Sprintdude9000
2 years ago

XD zero tolerance? what zero tolerance?

Sir Swimsalot
2 years ago

“Zero tolerance.” Yeah right. Efimova for one now this. I’m sure there have been more.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
2 years ago

efimova – you mean most if not all russian athletes?

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
2 years ago

I have forgiven and moved on with Yuliya. She’s been clean a few years now and has a good Instagram feed. 🙂

SpeculationSpectacular
Reply to  Cheatin Vlad
2 years ago

“Clean for years” is a joke. You think the effects on your body from these drugs just goes away? Once a drug cheat, always a drug cheat.

Rocky
2 years ago

I’m not claiming to know anything about governing a sport, but I feel like FINA needs some new administration.

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
Reply to  Rocky
2 years ago

ISL

Steve
Reply to  Rocky
2 years ago

Screw FINA.
Go retroactively test some 2008, 2012 and 2016 samples like other sports. Announce you’re doing it and see what happens. If everyone is clean then amazing, increased credibility. If you catch a few from the retro active samples then even more amazing; you’ve increased credibility and handed out some justice. Until then, don’t talk.

Admin
Reply to  Steve
2 years ago

Steve – samples for all sports from 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games are being retroactively tested. They’re not being tested on a sport-by-sport basis, that re-testing program is being run by the IOC. Just happens that all of the retests that are coming back positive are concentrated in a few sports.

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Rocky
2 years ago

Well, you are in rare company in these parts then if you don’t have an answer to governing swimming. 🙂

Swimguy321
2 years ago

Our whole world is based on Zionism and unfair. If you really think any government organization cares about what’s “right” for the athletes, you need to rethink your beliefs

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimguy321
2 years ago

I guess unfair unless you’re a Zionist?

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Swimguy321
2 years ago

I don’t know about Zionism, but it’s probably a little easier to pull off this kind of thing in a Communist regime where you also control the flow of information.

Siphiwe Baleka
Reply to  Cheatin Vlad
2 years ago

Lance Armstrong

Bossanova
Reply to  Swimguy321
2 years ago

Oh no swimguy123! Have Qanons come to swimswam?

Taa
2 years ago

Can USA Swimming ban him for life like they do with sexual predators? It would at least send him a message that he is not welcome to train or compete in the states. They can ban the doctor also cause he is shady AF.

Admin
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Taa – he’s not a USA Swimming member, so they cannot ban him (per their previous precedent, though of course nobody will hold them to that if they change their minds). Even if they did, it’s likely that Sun could appeal to the CAS, and would win, on the basis of it being a punishment for a doping violation outside of the agreed-upon procedure (the World Anti-Doping Code) for such punishments.

USA Swimming doesn’t control all training in the US. That would be rather un-American to let an organization like USA Swimming control who can coach in public and private pools not owned by USA Swimming in the US…

Australia tried this game using things in their control, like taking… Read more »

Taa
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

I remember when Salo had to “voluntarily” stop coaching the foreign athletes. It seemed liked there was some pressure applied on him by USA Swimming. So maybe its a slight abuse of power by USA Swimming to do this but I think in this case it would be warranted. Block his Visa and not allow him to train with USA swim clubs and if he wants to fight it he will have to appeal and spend some money on defense. I dont think I would describe it as a doping violation I would ban him for behavior disreputable to swimming…treating the doping officer in that manner just can’t be tolerated.

Admin
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

I wonder if that was USC driven. If USC, a private university, said ‘we don’t want these problems on campus anymore,” that makes way more sense than me. I think USA Swimming trying to do something like that would result in more problems than solutions. Sun Yang has plenty of money to fight a lawsuit. USA Swimming does too, but any money they use to fight a lawsuit takes away from resources they could be spending on athletes and coaches (professional athletes or age groupers), which is who they’re supposed to be there to serve. Not my style, and I don’t get the sense that this would be high on Tim Hinchey’s to do list either.

Taa
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Nothing can stop the swimmers from refusing to swim against him. So if he ever shows up at a pro series meet and gets on the blocks in the morning heat I hope the other 7 guys take a seat and refuse to race against him in protest.

SUM Ting Wong
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Then Sun will win easily. There are no outstanding 200 400 male freestylers in the world . Until there are , sit outs/ boycotts mean 0.

Siphiwe Baleka
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Salo was Effimova’s coach. And he’s not Chinese or Russian

Bo Swims
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

USA swimming can not invite him to meets, they can prevent member coaches from working with him. I encourage all NGB to do so… especially Swim Australia.

Admin
Reply to  Bo Swims
2 years ago

Bo Swims – I think you’re wishfully thinking that USA Swimming can do those things. USA Swimming cannot prevent member coaches from working with him, and ‘not inviting him to meets’ doesn’t mean anything – if he wants to swim at USA Swimming meets and has the qualifying times, he can. It’s just not a part of the USA Swimming (or American legal) structure to do those things.

USA Swimming has effectively a legalized monopoly, and in exchange for that legalized monopoly, they have to follow certain rules and procedures. If they tried to tell member coaches that they can’t work with Sun Yang, they would be sued by those member coaches, and those member coaches would probably be successful… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Sure, they can ban the doctor under the “shady AF” provision of Article 32.1b.

Anon
2 years ago

Did he ever get tested?

SamSmith
2 years ago

Should we tell our swimmers to smash blood vials now?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  SamSmith
2 years ago

No, bought they should have their Mom around at all times, just in case.

cbswims
2 years ago

“Moreover, FINA will not consider further speculation and hearsay on this matter.”

FINA: Fingers in ears, “LALALALA I can’t hear you. LALALALA”

Which makes as much sense as Sun Yangs “I’m rubber, ur glue” defense.

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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