Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen passes WADA doping tests
BRITISH Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan hit out this morning at those who had raised suspicions about Ye Shiwen, insisting she had been passed as clean by the Word Anti-Doping Agency.
Ye's remarkable performance in the 400m individual medley, in which her final 50m was faster than Ryan Lochte, has raised many eyebrows, with a leading American coach describing what was a world-record breaking race as "disturbing".
China's appalling past record for their swimmers failing doping tests has led to the inevitable speculation over the 16 year-old, who took five seconds off her personal best and more than a second off the world record.
But amid all those questioning whether or not the athlete was 'clean', Moynihan said today: "We know how on top of the game WADA are and WADA have passed her as clean. That's the end of the story.
"And it is regrettable there is so much speculation out there. I don't like it. I think it is wrong. That athlete or, indeed, any athlete that has never tested positive is an athlete who should be supported by her federation and, indeed, everybody in the Olympic movement.
"Let us recognise that there is an extraordinary swimmer out there who deserves the recognition of her talent in these Games."
Amid all the questioning over their athlete's achievement, China's anti-doping chief has hit out at the "biased" suspicions.
Jiang Zhixue said on Monday that Chinese swimmers had undergone nearly 100 drug tests since they arrived in Britain for the Olympics.
"I think it is not proper to single Chinese swimmers out once they produce good results. Some people are just biased," he said.
Ye's father said: "A lot of different people had to provide all kinds of help for this result to be possible."
He urged doubters to "look at her [drug] test results".
"It's normal for people to be suspicious," he added. "Western media has always been arrogant, and suspicious of Chinese people."
Adrian Moorhouse, who won gold for Great Britain at the 1988 Seol Oympics, labelled suspicion over the teenager as "sour grapes" and believes swimming may have uncovered a phenomenon to match Michael Phelps.
Asked what he though of American coach John Leonard use of the words "disturbing" and "unbelievable", Moorhuose said: "I think it is sour grapes. I think it's insulting actually. You saw the Chinese swimmers in 1990, they were the size of houses, this girl is quite small, light, she's just in good shape.
"The other thing to note is there are a lot of people in China and actually you know what, the base of their pyramid is so wide that if they train thousands and thousands of kids they've got more to draw on.
"They might have just found their Michael Phelps. They might have just found this really, really talented kid who can work really, really hard, and has actually got the perfect shape and actually can cope with all the pressure that's thrown at her."