Chinaâ€™s triple Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang on Tuesday described as â€œintolerableâ€ the speculation surrounding him ahead of a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing into a murky missed drugs test.
The 27-year-oldâ€™s career is in jeopardy after he was accused of smashing a blood vial with a hammer during an out-of-competition dope test last year.
FINA agreed with Sun that testers failed to produce adequate identification or follow protocol, but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)Â responded by taking the case to CAS.
â€œMisguided public opinion has distorted the facts,â€ Sun, a hero to millions in China but derided as a â€œdrugs cheatâ€ by some of his rivals, wrote on social media.
â€œMy training and my personal life have been greatly disturbed by this and itâ€™s become intolerable.â€
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