Of­fi­cials deny cover-up in dop­ing ban

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT -

CHINESE­dop­ing of­fi­cials say they were not try­ing to cover up Sun Yang’ s pos­i­tive test and that they held back news of his three-month sus­pen­sion be­cause they did not want to make any mis­takes with “the most fa­mous ath­lete in China”. Sun, China’s most suc­cess­ful male swimmer, se­cretly served his ban dur­ing May and Au­gust after test­ing pos­i­tive for the banned stim­u­lant trimetazi­dine. It was only yes­ter­day that the China Anti-Dop­ing Agency (CHINADA) re­vealed the 22-year-old world and Olympic cham­pion had com­mit­ted a dop­ing of­fence.

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