China’s Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang may have thought he skated through that whole doping controversy unscathed, but not if Australia has anything to say about it. Sun is no longer allowed to train in any of the pools Down Under after he failed a doping test and it was kept under wraps for months, according to The Guardian.
On November 24, it was revealed that the swimmer had tested positive for the stimulant trimetazidine in May and a three-month ban was imposed in July. His ban had been kept secret from the public so that Sun could compete in September’s Asian Games, where he won three gold medals.
Sun said he used the prescription drug Vasorel for heart problems, and was unaware that it contained trimetazidine, a big no-no according to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list. WADA states that the minimum ban for a first time offender is two years, but Sun’s crew vehemently defended his short penalty, saying that “he did not intend to cheat.”
That didn’t cut it for Michael Scott, Director of High Performance at Swimming Australia, who told Sun’s Australian coast Denis Cotterell last week that the swimmer was no longer welcome to train at the local pools.
“As a result of that meeting and our policy, Denis has advised the Chinese swimming federation that Sun Yang will not be allowed to train at Miami [Swimming Club] any more or any of our podium centres,” Scott told the local Courier Mail newspaper.
“(Integrity) is foremost going forward. It was a very straight forward call, which Denis supported and has been acted upon already.”