In an interview with CNN, Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games champion Chad le Clos has said he is “relieved to see that finally justice has been served”, after Sun Yang was handed down an 8-year ban from the sport.
Le Clos has been very vocal about his thoughts surrounding cases of doping in sport, and yesterday told The Associated Press, “I should get my gold medal back from Rio”.
Champion swimmer @chadleclos believes he has a claim on Sun Yang’s gold medal from the Rio Olympics.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) February 27, 2020
In an interview today on CNN, after the release of the Sun verdict, le Clos said “It’s not only about me, it’s about James Guy who got 4th in that race and whoever came 9th and 17th missed out on Olympic semi-finals and finals. It’s a snowball effect”
He added that “At the end of the day, you’re killing generations of swimmers by not punishing these drug cheats”.
When asked about whether Sun Yang should be stripped of his medals and titles, le Clos responded “That’s still a question to be asked, whether his titles should remain from 2014 to date. It’s not for me to judge but of course I deserve that gold medal. I feel like they (FINA) should go back and have a look at some of the stuff that has happened”.
Commenting on how it feels competing against athletes who have served bans for doping offences, he said “It’s annoying, you see a lot of guys who have tested positive still walking around. All swimmers know who they are”.
Le Clos sent this tweet out today after the news broke of the CAS’ decision:
Like many other clean swimmers, I have raced against Sun Yang and “lost”. Drug cheats have no place in sport and we need the governing bodies to reconsider the damage he has done to our great sport – and to the results / careers of many other clean swimmers #time4change
— Chad Le Clos (@chadleclos) February 28, 2020