Wu YanYan Given 4 Year Ban For Drug Use
Jul 20, 2000
Last week we reported that China's Wu Yanyan, the world recorder holder in the Women's 200 I.M. had tested positive in a in-competition drug test conducted in May at the Chinese National Championships.
Today we confirmed with FINA that in fact the Chinese Swimming Federation had completed its investigation of the matter and that they had sentenced Wu to a four year ban.
FINA did confirm that the substance found in Wu was an anabolic steroid.
Here is the report that FINA sent us:
"FINA has in fact received a correspondance of the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) about the case Wu Yanyan, telling that the CSA, after its own investigations, decided to suspend the swimmer for four years, starting on May 17, 2000 until May 16, 2004. Furthermore they suspended the coach, Wu Jicai, for one year, starting on May 17, 2000 until May 16, 2001."
FINA went on to say that they are applying FINA Rule DC 9.1.1, which states:
"For a doping offence involving anabolic agents, diuretics, masking agents, peptide hormones, mimetics and analogues, and chemically or pharmacologically related substances:
- a minimum of four (4) years' suspension ; plus
- a retroactive sanction involving cancellation of all results achieved in competitions during the period prior to the date the suspension takes effect and extending back to six (6) months before the collection of the positive sample, shall be imposed.
- lifetime expulsion; plus
- a retroactive sanction involving cancellation of all results achieved in competitions during the competitors' career shall be imposed."