Chinese swimmer Sun Yang says 'facts are distorted' in doping controversy, eager to tell his side of story during CAS hearing

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.

Agence France-Presse August 27, 2019 18:46:02 IST
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang says 'facts are distorted' in doping controversy, eager to tell his side of story during CAS hearing
  • Sun Yang described as intolerable the speculation surrounding him ahead of a Court of Arbitration for Sport 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 WADA responded by taking the case to CAS.

Shanghai: 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.

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang says facts are distorted in doping controversy eager to tell his side of story during CAS hearing

File image of Sun Yang. Reuters

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."

Sun, a controversial character, was allowed to compete in the World Championships in South Korea in July, winning two golds but also becoming a focus of protests from other swimmers.

Writing on the Twitter-like Weibo, Sun said that he was looking forward to giving his account of what happened during the now-infamous doping test.

"There is something I can’t say, I can't make the truth public," he added on Weibo.

"But fortunately the surveillance cameras have recorded everything, otherwise I won’t be able to defend myself against irresponsible accusations."

A CAS hearing was originally scheduled for September, but is now unlikely to be before the end of October, CAS said earlier this month.

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