China’s triple Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang on Tuesday described as “intolerable” the speculation surrounding him ahead of a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing into a murky missed drugs test.
The 27-year-old’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) responded by taking the case to CAS.
“Misguided public opinion has distorted the facts,” Sun, a hero to millions in China but derided as a “drugs cheat” by some of his rivals, wrote on social media.
“My training and my personal life have been greatly disturbed by this and it’s become intolerable.”
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