Representatives of the Tianjin swimming team have threatened to lodge a formal complaint after a Jiangsu swimmer was photographed ‘riding the shoulders’ of a competitor at the All China Games, Liaoning Daily reports.
Tianjin coaches allege that Jiangsu swimmer Wang Sibo committed “underwater violence” against Tianjin competitor Pang Wenxian during a race on September 2. Wang is accused of “riding [Pang’s] shoulders” and tearing off and throwing the Tianjin swimmer’s prescription goggles out of reach, putting the short-sighted swimmer at a disadvantage.
Prior to the games’ commencement, eight athletes were caught using performance enhancing drugs and Anti-Doping Agency head He Zhenwen seemed to acknowledge that the All China Games attracted cheaters.
On the other end of the sportsmanship spectrum, Sichuan windsurfer Ma Jiao risked her own life to save a fellow competitor, Hao Xiumei, after strong winds capsized Hao’s board and left her in severe peril. Team Liaoning publicly thanked Ma for “risking life and limb in the dauntless spirit of self-sacrifice.”
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