China names 3 of 6 swimmers who failed drug tests in 2015-2016

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Six Chinese swimmers failed their doping tests during the year 2015-2016, announced the China Swimming Association (CSA) here on late Thursday.

Three of the six swimmers were tested positive for Clenbuterol in out-competition tests, namely Zhao Ying, Wang Lizhuo and An Jiabao. Zhao and Wang, both from Chinese Navy, were tested last August, and An, from team Tianjin, was tested last September. None of the three has taken part in Olympic Games or World Championships.

All of them asked for tests of sample B but got the same results. They all applied for the hearings.

The Hearing Panel has conducted the separate hearings of those three swimmers on Dec. 22, 2015 and Jan. 13, 2016, and made conclusions that the positive results were mainly caused by contaminated food.

The CSA announced that the investigations and hearing procedures for those three positive cases have been finished, and it will give corresponding punishments according to the hearing and WADA CODE, and China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) will publish all related information and the decisions on its website after receiving the formal decision made by the CSA.

The other three swimmers were tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide in out-competition tests in January, 2016. All gave up sample B tests but applied for hearings.

The hearings have not been held yet.

The three swimmers have been banned from all national and international competitions by CHINADA though the final decision will be made after the hearings.

Read Xinhua

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