Warning for Chinese drug cheats

BEIJING • The Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) will be issuing a "warning penalty" to swimmers Wang Lizhuo and An Jiabao after they tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

According to a terse statement posted online late yesterday, the CSA said it would also be warning and fining Wang's Chinese Navy team and An's Tianjin club 10,000 yuan (S$2,100) each as well as fining their coaches 5,000 yuan each.

Wang and An's identities were revealed when the CSA announced last week that six Chinese swimmers had failed doping tests during the 2015-16 season.

It identified a third swimmer as Chinese Navy's Zhao Ying, who also tested positive for clenbuterol in an out-of-competition test.

Last week, Wada (the World Anti-Doping Agency) announced it was investigating claims published by The Times of London that the country's sports authorities were suppressing five positive tests to "avoid a storm".

The Chinese anti-doping agency denied it was "covering up" the tests, arguing it was following protocol by protecting the identities of the swimmers while test procedures were still under way.

The CSA has announced that three other swimmers, who were not named, tested positive for the prohibited diuretic hydrochlorothiazide in January.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2016, with the headline 'Warning for Chinese drug cheats'. Print Edition | Subscribe