Sound Familiar? China’s Qiu Yuhan Tests Positive, Already Served Ban

At the time we reported China’s roster for the 2016 Olympic Games, we noted how the absence of 18-year-old Qiu Yuhan was indeed mysterious. The 2014 Youth Olympic double gold medalist and 2012 Olympian earned silver in the women’s 200m freestyle, clocking a swift time of 1:55.84 at Chinese Nationals in April of 2016. At the very least she was expected to be on her nation’s 4x200m freestyle relay line-up.

Halfway through 2017, we now know what caused Qiu’s absence from Rio, as the freestyle specialist is at the center of another convoluted doping case arising from the nation of China. As revealed just this week by China’s Anti-Doping Agency, Chinada, Qiu had tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide back in May of 2016 during an out of competition test. She was then handed out a 9-month ban, which removed her from any possible role in the Rio Olympics. (South China Morning Post)

However, the fact that the public is just finding out about Qiu’s positive test now months after the fact is very reminiscent of a similar scenario involving another Chinese swimmer, multiple Olympic medalist Sun Yang. Back in 2014 Sun had tested positive for Trimetazidine was subsequently suspended for 3 months, while the entire situation wasn’t announced by Chinada until November 2014. With that timeline, Sun had already competed in that year’s Asian Games, which took place in September 2014.

During the 2016 Olympic Games, we reported how China’s top 100 butterflier, Chen Xinyi, had failed a doping control test before heading to Rio de Janeiro to compete. The swimmer also reportedly tested positive for the same substance hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic which is sometimes used as a masking agent.

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Tarzan
4 years ago

China is as dirty as the russians are in the doping saga of late. Not surprised. I just wish that Wada would catch them out right and just ban them all for life.
Life ban is the only measure to rid our athletic competition from dopers.

RECOVERINGSWIMCOACH
Reply to  Tarzan
4 years ago

I’m old enough to remember the East German women (and Shirley Babashoff). If it were this simple, lifetime bans would have begun decades ago. Totalitarian governments, shameless profiteers and their willing clients will find ways to stay a step ahead.

S L
Reply to  RECOVERINGSWIMCOACH
4 years ago

And that is unfortunately true.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Tarzan
4 years ago

They are not after China at this time .

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  Tarzan
4 years ago

Need a good wiki leaks dump from China swimming I guess.

Sick and tired
Reply to  Tarzan
4 years ago

Preach!!!

Fork It
Reply to  Tarzan
4 years ago

Moving to Australia

Brownie
4 years ago

Big surprise…

S L
4 years ago

Too bad for all the clean chinese athletes. Not a good signal.

Observer
4 years ago

Need to be banned for life– no more suspensions!

shanmac
4 years ago

And poor TFH of Australia gets a 12 month ban for failing to update his “whereabouts” – clearly CSF and their anti-doping agency cannot lie straight in bed.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  shanmac
4 years ago

Amen!

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