“Is Sun Yang’s indictment fair when clouded with xenophobic politic and jealousy?
The story about “Swimming superstar Sun Yang being called a drug cheat, but do facts stack up?” first appeared on ABC News (21Jul2019) and attracted some comment in the social media:
“Creating a negative perception of Australia’s fine sportsmanship since the 1956 Olympics is sour grapes with xenophobic after taste and this bad sportsmanship will remain with Australian for decades to come”.
“In the eyes of people like Horton, Sun is always not good enough and if Sun wins, it must be cheating. But when it comes to one of his mates being tested positive, Horton’s view suddenly becomes very sympathetic. There is no testing proving Sun guilty and FIFA has denounced these trying to collect Sun’s blood for violating the rules. So, instead of disciplining these officials, the anti-doping agency decided to condemn Sun for defending his rights to refuse to participate in a shonky test. Another example of Sinophobia at a high level”.
The media continued with its crusade with the next headline “Chinese swimming Sun Yang banned for eight years” on (SMH 28Feb2020).
The Court of Arbitration for Sport banned the Chinese star for his role in tampering with a doping sample. The decision was handed down on Friday night after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), who objected to a FINA ruling that allowed Sun to continue swimming after a vial of blood was smashed during an out-of-competition test in September 2018.
Nathan Rich gave a full description of the circumstances of the blood test and the message from the video suggests that there were anomalies in the story reported by the western media.
Mack Horton's JEALOUSY doesn't make SUN YANG Guilty
A Video for Sun Yang legal team
Australian Athletes’ Doping Problem
The truth of the matter is that Sun had refused a blood test and was punished with an eight years ban. Subsequent blood test was found to be negative. Is that fair?
The media and Horton, acting like a kangaroo court, abetted the labelling of Sun as a drug cheat. This case is not over yet and is pending appeal to the Swiss Tribunal.
Some would argue that refusing a blood test in the beginning is the same as being tested positive for the drug. On the same vein, they would impute that Sun had an unfair advantage of drug taking, hence winning the medals. This simplistic reasoning is flawed and just simply a case of “sour grapes”.
In addition, if Sun was guilty of drug taking, they would have taken the medals away from him!
This type of unbalance report is promoted by ABC and the recent Q&A program on “China – A Healthy Relationship” shares the same criticism. These shows have been criticised for being xenophobic, bias and partisan to geopolitics. (see Pacific Daily 29Feb2020 -GONE ARE THE DAYS, WHEN THE ABC WAS THE PEOPLE’S VOICE
Australians in general, believe in a “fair go” for everyone and Horton’s views are not typically Australian as it is bias and premature; and his attitude does not subscribe to the good name of our country, particularly on sportsmanship.
This case must be resolved in a proper legal manner to restore credibility in all the governing institutions of the sports, the integrity of the sports and participants and the global confidence of ordinary people interested in healthy and fair competition.
Dr Anthony Pun OAM, National President, CCCA
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, CCCA