Vial of Sun Yang’s Blood Allegedly Smashed with Hammer in Drug Test Altercation

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang is under fire again after an altercation with drug testers allegedly resulted in him and a member of his security detail smashing a sealed vial containing Sun’s blood, The Sunday Times is reporting.

Sun, the World Record holder in the men’ 1500 free and 3-time Olympic gold medalist, nearly missed an out-of-competition doping test on September 4th last year. He made the testers wait outside of his home for almost an hour, and then challenged whether the officials were genuine testers from the IDTM.

After breaking a number of testing protocols, which included urinating unaccompanied, Sun’s mother ordered security guards to destroy a vial of Sun’s blood taken in a nearby clubhouse, according to witnesses. The incident didn’t conclude until 4AM. 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 is also the chief doctor (and Ba’s boss) at a hospital they both work at.

Han told FINA that the nurse didn’t have the necessary paperwork, and at a January 3rd hearing, the FINA panel ruled in Sun’s favor. The World Anti-Doping Association, however, has been claimed to be ‘furious’ over the ruling, and are mulling 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.

Meanwhile, a statement from Sun’s lawyer Zhang Qihuai to the Globla Times post did not address the accusations in the Sunday Times report; rather, it simply threatened a lawsuit against the Sunday Times.

“We reserve the right to file a lawsuit against the relevant international media which reports the incident,” the statement said, according to the Times. The statement accused the Sunday Times of “dubious motives’ and of ‘infringing upon Sun’s privacy and reputation.’

The FINA report stated that they would “never know” what had happened, and so they ruled in favor of Sun.

Sun previously served a 3-month doping suspension for a positive test for the substance Trimetazidine in May of 2014. The suspension was only announced after the suspension was served. Sun has also been prone to previous emotional outbursts, including a physical altercation with a Brazilian female swimmer at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, and the later smashing of a locker inside the locker room at the same meet.

Sun was named one of the 2018 China Top Ten Brands of the Year by the Chinese Brand Alliance.

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Qovapryi
2 years ago

Get this guy out of professional swimming.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Qovapryi
2 years ago

ISL, baby.

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Qovapryi
2 years ago

The downside of this is we probably won’t see anything under a 1:45 now in the 200 free.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Cheatin Vlad
2 years ago

Haas went 1:43 on the 4×200 last year, so he’s ready to go 1:44 on a flat start now. Scott and Chalmers may also go 1:44 . Others may do it in the future, but these the ones will probably do it first

AfterShock
Reply to  Qovapryi
2 years ago

I’m sure professional wrestling would take him.

Markster
2 years ago

Things are looking up for Haas and Seliskar

Pvdh
Reply to  Markster
2 years ago

Lol that’s a good way to look at it

Scribble
Reply to  Markster
2 years ago

Only in that the playing field is now more level.

Brian Moore
2 years ago

Sun Yang’s sponsor Alibaba is FINA’s strategic partner

Brian Moore
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

search Fina AliSports

Brian Moore
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

http://mobile.ytsports.cn/news-4663.html
Sun Yang partnered up with Toutiao (Bytedance). Toutiao is Ali’s media platform arm.

Brian Moore
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

No, it’s no secret Alibaba is in this on-going round. Alibaba does E-commerce. They need Bytedance as their media arm to fight against Tencent who has IQiyi and Wechat.
http://www.ejinsight.com/20181025-chinese-media-firm-bytedance-taps-jack-ma-in-mega-funding-round/

Brian Moore
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

The link u posted was in April. If u open Toutiao and Douyin, u’ll see they are already linked with Taobao (alibaba’s online shopping empire)

Joselv Lv
Reply to  Brian Moore
2 years ago

are you kidding? toutiao is quite different with alibaba. sunyang just register an account on toutiao. just like you have an account on facebook. did you partner up with facebook?

Brian Moore
Reply to  Joselv Lv
2 years ago

Press release says Sun Yang forms a strategic partnership with Toutiao.
Here’s the link:
http://tech.chinadaily.com.cn/2018-07/09/content_36537780.htm

Toutiao(Bytedance) will complete the latest funding round soon. U’ll see Ali’s name

Joseph Lv
Reply to  Brian Moore
2 years ago

As you said before, Toutiao is Ali’s media platform arm. Now you said that they might cooperate. I think this is very irresponsible. Yes, there are rumors in China that it is possible for totiao and Alibaba to cooperate, but this rumor is too much in China, because as a business giant, Alibaba and Tencent always be said that they will buy some companies.
yes, Sun Yang and Chinese swimming have some stains. Sun’s behavior is also very confusing. It does not rule out that he does have problems, but if there is a hammer in your heart. everyone is a nail. your guessing and far-fetched reporting methods will mislead many people. Perhaps This is the style of your… Read more »

Luigi
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Wait a second. People are willing to pay 6.000 USD to get a life-size wax Sun Yang?

Philip
Reply to  Luigi
2 years ago

Lol

Coach John
Reply to  Luigi
2 years ago

they’ve sold one?

Andy
Reply to  Coach John
2 years ago

To a guy named Sun perhaps?

evgenek
Reply to  Andy
2 years ago

I’d say his mother 🙂

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Luigi
2 years ago

Just think how much a Townley Haas one would go for it. Wait, are we sure that isn’t a life-sized wax figure of Haas in interviews we see?

Anonymous
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Let’s see how articulate you are immediately after swimming an all out 200 or 400.

SUM Ting Wong
Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

Ian Thorpe had a whole life philosophy ready . True he had a lot more energy in reserve having usually winning by large margins .

Really
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

What exaclly would one do with that figurine?

Torchbearer
Reply to  Really
2 years ago

Take it to the dentist?

Luigi
Reply to  Really
2 years ago

I am not sure I want to know, Really

Joel Lin
2 years ago

Good on SwimSwam & Braden for this measured presentation. Something tells me the Sun Yang proxies arguing very cool, very legal is not going to work with the IOC as it possibly could with FINA. The only remaining meets he cares about are 2019 Worlds & the 2020 Games. Anything is possible for this summer, but I really doubt he has any chance to swim in the 2020 Olympics.

I read this and also wonder if the IOC will consider a sanction against China swimming. Unlikely, but given the involvement of the two doctors here & how it all tethers back to a light most favorable to Sun Yang – a good argument can be made. We’ve seen this before… Read more »

neo
Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

diu lei lo mei

RenéDescartes
Reply to  neo
2 years ago

Google translate this. It makes me laugh for whatever reason.

Caleb
Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

I’d like to think you’re right, but will be very surprised if there are any ramifications from this incident.

Philip
2 years ago

I was wondering when he would pop up in the news again.

As a person, I don’t think he’s a nice guy. But his stroke and efficiency is something I admire.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Philip
2 years ago

News flash: Philip is a person.

Fruit
2 years ago

So he himself didn’t smash the vial, his mother ordered security guards to?

Fruit
Reply to  Fruit
2 years ago

Title just seems strangely worded I guess

Brian Moore
Reply to  Fruit
2 years ago

According to Times, his mother ordered the security guy to smash the vial. Later Sun Yang and his security smashed the vial with a hammer.

Horninco
2 years ago

Nothing to see here. Move along

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

What happened to the old-fashioned foot stomp to break the vials? Did he think there was a Brazilian woman swimmer in there that he needed to hammer?

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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