FINA World Championships 2019: Britain's Adam Peaty unperturbed by world body's warning after podium snub aimed at China's Sun Yang

Peaty said that FINA's warning for offensive behaviour against competitors won't affect him as he'll continue to speak out against doping

Reuters July 25, 2019 11:14:22 IST
FINA World Championships 2019: Britain's Adam Peaty unperturbed by world body's warning after podium snub aimed at China's Sun Yang
  • Horton refused to share the podium with Sun, who had served a doping suspension in 2014 and has another case pending at the CAS

  • FINA added a clause to its code of conduct that calls on swimmers to avoid any offensive or improper behaviour towards the other competitors

  • Olympic breaststroke champion Peaty, who has been highly critical of Sun and FINA over the doping issue, said the changes were 'meaningless'

Gwangju: Britain’s Adam Peaty has said a new rule aimed at preventing a repeat of the podium protests that shook up the world championships in Gwangju will not stop him from speaking out on issues such as doping, The Times reported on Thursday.

Swimming’s governing body FINA sent warning letters to Australia’s Mack Horton, Briton Duncan Scott and China’s Sun Yang after incidents at medal ceremonies in South Korea this week.

FINA World Championships 2019 Britains Adam Peaty unperturbed by world bodys warning after podium snub aimed at Chinas Sun Yang

Adam Peaty reacts during the FINA world championships. Reuters

Horton refused to share the podium with Sun, who had served a doping suspension in 2014 and has another case pending at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), while Scott blanked the Chinese swimmer on the podium.

The Times said FINA had added a clause to its code of conduct that calls on swimmers to "strictly avoid any offensive or improper behaviour towards the officials, the other competitors, the team members and/or spectators during the entire conduct of the competition."

Olympic breaststroke champion Peaty, who has been highly critical of Sun and FINA over the doping issue, said the changes were "meaningless" and that swimmers needed representation. "We’re here to swim and we’re not going to get involved in a discussion on a code of conduct that ain’t gonna change anything," he said.

"Athletes are always entitled to freedom of speech and when we detect that something is wrong and there’s cheating, then why shouldn’t we have a voice?" Peaty, who completed a third straight 50-100m breaststroke double at the world championships, added: "Any doping in the sport is a straight no from me."

Horton, who had called Sun a "drug cheat" at the Rio Olympics before beating him to gold in the 400 metres freestyle, has received death threats on social media over his latest protest. Horton and Scott have received plenty of support at the world championships, however, with fellow swimmers praising them for taking a stand.

"You know they’re truly the most courageous guys and I couldn’t be more proud of both of them," said Australia’s Mitch Larkin on Wednesday. "They’re standing up for what they believe in and that’s a clean sport and if we didn’t believe that we wouldn’t be racing here today."

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