Sunday 25 February 2018

Two Chinese swimmers given 'warnings' after failing drug tests

Two Chinese swimmers have failed drugs tests
Two Chinese swimmers have failed drugs tests

Chinese swimmers Wang Lizhuo and An Jiabao have been issued with a "warning" by the Chinese Swimming Association after failing drug tests.

Press Association Sport understands the pair tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

Statements published on the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) website on Monday said it had received notification in September 2015 of positive tests for Wang and An, investigations and hearings had taken place and they had both been given a "warning".

The CSA added the swimmers' coaches had each been warned and fined, as had Wang's Navy Swimming and Diving team and An's Tianjin Swimming Association.

The statements said in each case the punishments had been issued "according to the FINA (swimming's world governing body) anti-doping rules and...the general rules for doping control in sport".

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Tuesday said it would be reviewing the CSA's decisions.

A spokesman for WADA told Press Association Sport: "I can confirm we have received notification of both these decisions.

"As with all anti-doping cases, we will review the reasons for the decisions and subsequently determine whether or not to use our independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport."

The Chinese news agency Xinhua last week reported the CSA had announced six swimmers failed drug tests in 2015-16, with Wang and An among three that were named and said to have tested positive for clenbuterol.

Xinhua also quoted Zhao Jian, the deputy director of the Chinese Anti-Doping Agency CHINADA, as saying: "We did not cover up any facts."

That came shortly after a report was published in The Times alleging five positive tests by Chinese swimmers had been covered up.

WADA said at the time it was scrutinising information passed on to it by the newspaper so it could "determine exactly what the appropriate steps" were in order to "address this matter head on".

Meanwhile, FINA said it and WADA were "fully aware" of "a small number of cases of failed doping controls by Chinese swimmers currently being investigated under the jurisdiction of CHINADA".

FINA also stressed its commitment to establishing whether any allegations made required further investigation.

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