Olympic Champion Sun Yang Fails Drug Test

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Chinese multi-Olympic and world swimming champion Sun Yang had failed a doping test and been banned for three months, China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) told Xinhua on Monday.

Sun tested positive for stimulant trimetazidine in an in-competition doping test on May 17 during the national swimming championships.

Sun gave up the chance to have the B sample tested but defended himself in a July hearing where the experts decided to hand him a three-month ban.

Sun said he used the prescription drug Vasorel for medical reasons and had been unaware that its substance trimetazidine was listed in WADA’s 2014 prohibited list. Trimetazidine is able to increase coronary flow reserve and was added to the prohibited list in January 2014.

“Sun proved with sufficient evidence that he did not intend to cheat, which helped reduce his ban to three months,” explained Zhao Jia, deputy director of CHINADA.

“But his failure to inform the doping control official should be punished all the same,” he added.

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According to another story on Xinhua, the quarantine has already passed

The multi-Olympic and world champion tested positive for stimulant trimetazidine on May 17 during the national swimming championships and had been banned for three months till August 16, China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) told Xinhua on Monday.

FINA has it on its antidoping reports list this morning

Doping Offence – Sun Yang (CHN)
On May 17, 2014, the swimmer Sun Yang (CHN) was tested positive to the substance Trimetazidine (Class S.6.b Specified Stimulants) following an in-competition doping control test conducted with the occasion of the Chinese National Championships.

The China Swimming Association imposed a sanction of 3 months’ ineligibility on the athlete starting on May 17, 2014. Furthermore, the China Swimming Association imposed a sanction of 1 year ineligibility on Ba Zhen, the doctor of the athlete, starting on the same date.

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