Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The China Swimming Association has sanctioned Sun Yang with three months ineligibility from 17 May 2014, after the swimmer tested positive for Trimetazidine on that date after a test at the Chinese National Championships. Trimetazidine features on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited list as a class S.6.b Specified Stimulant.
Sun Yang won three Golds at the 2014 Asian Games, September 19 to October 4, however his ban had by then expired. The China Swimming Association also banned Ba Zhen, the doctor of the athlete, for one year from the same date, read a 25 October media release from the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA).
‘Wada will review the reasons for the decision and subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the court of arbitration for sport’, read a statement from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 26 November. ‘In order to protect the integrity of the case, and to respect the proceedings of the case at hand, WADA will make no further comment at this stage’.
Trimetazidine was added to the 2014 Prohibited List this year, and is normally given to combat angina. However, it is understood that it also aids oxygen supply to tissues during exercise.
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