Australian swimmer Grant Hackett fires back at his former coach who compared him to the Sun Yang drug game
Grant Hackett shot back his former coach who seemed to suggest that the Chinese swimmer Sun Yang was just as clean as the Australian Olympic gold medalist.
Denis Cotterell, a mentor of the Australian national team who is now coaching Sun for 30 years, compared the two swimmers and said protests against the Chinese swimmer & # 39; hypocrite & # 39; goods.
Cotterell told The Australian that if the definition of a drug forger was someone who did not pass a test, Horton was hypocritical with his actions.
& # 39; According to that definition, they have drug cheats with the Australian team. I have been in teams where people have passed a drug test, accidentally and through no fault of their own. I would never call them cheats. It seems very hypocritical, & he said.
Australian Olympic gold medalist Grant Hackett (pictured with partner Sharlene Fletcher) shot back his former coach who compared him to controversial Chinese swimmer Sun Yang
Denis Cotterell (pictured on the right with Sun Yang), a mentor of the Australian national team who has now been Sun's coach for 30 years, compared the two swimmers
The Australian coach of Sun Yang jumped in his defense and insisted that he was not a drug addict, saying that the (left) podium protest by Mack Horton & # 39; hypocritical & # 39; is
& # 39; If you think I would do that with someone who is fake, people don't know me. That is an insult. & # 39;
Hackett shot back to the comments and told 2GB Radio that he was certainly & # 39; cleaner than the sun & # 39; regards.
& # 39; Would I probably call myself cleaner than Sun? Absolutely, because I've never, never failed a drug test in my life and I've had hundreds, & said the gold medalist.
& # 39; I have had three drug tests in five days at a World Championship and I have never had one problem.
& # 39; My track record compared to Sun's is very, very different, but I know how passionate Denis is about a clean sport and he clearly feels that he has a reason to defend Sun & # 39; s position. & # 39;
Despite referring back to the claims of his former coach, Hackett said he had a high regard for him and knew he was against drugs in sports.
& # 39; I have known Denis most of my life, & # 39; he said to the radio station.
& # 39; I know that if he was aware of everything that was going on, he would tell the appropriate authorities about this and move away from the situation. & # 39;
Hackett shot back to the responses and told 2GB Radio that he & # 39; was cleaner than the sun & # 39; calls
Mack Horton (pictured with his partner) refused to stand on the podium with Sun after the 400m freestyle final on Sunday
& # 39; I know that over the years Denis has clearly had a lot to do with Sun and spent a lot of time in China, and Denis is a very passionate man and he feels that Sun is doing everything right. & # 39 ;
Hackett said he doesn't compare himself to Sun except for & # 39; similar swimming performance & # 39; and claims that athletes are frustrated that the & # 39; system disappoints them & # 39 ;.
& # 39; They see the inconsistency and double standards. The penalties that athletes were given, & he said.
An explosive FINA report has claimed that Sun crushed his blood test bottles with a hammer to prevent him from being tested in September 2018.
Sun was tested on September 4 in what the organizing body of swimming (FINA) is a & # 39; problematic, very unusual and sometimes confronting & # 39; meeting.
The report claimed that Sun & # 39; s mother had asked a guard to bring a hammer into the room after the swimmer had asked if the Doping Control Assistant (DCA) present had permission to perform the test.
Despite referring back to the claims of his former coach, Hackett said he has a lot of respect for him and knew he was against drugs in sports
Cotterell said that Horton was hypocritical with his actions if the definition of a drug counterfeit was someone who failed a test
Sun had arrived late at the agreed meeting, along with his mother Ming Yang and other family members. He had demanded to leave the doping control station shortly after arrival and claimed that the assistant of the Doping Control Officer (DCO) was not authorized to test him.
He eventually produced a blood sample, but refused a urine sample, claiming that neither the DCO or DCA were authorized to perform the tests, and refused them permission to take his blood for testing.
The 27-year-old doctor, Dr. Ba Zhen, arrived at the doping control station around 1:00 am and also questioned the credentials of the DCO and DCA, further claiming that the nurse present was not authorized to have blood in China to collect.
After a heated conversation with the DCO, the report claimed that Sun and Dr. Ba & # 39; stated that the safe blood container would be broken with a hammer to gain access to the blood bottle and thus destroy the integrity of the blood samples taken & # 39 ;.
The DCO was on the phone when they & # 39; the sound of breaking the glass & # 39; heard and had returned to find the sun and a guard who broke the bottles with a hammer. The report states that Sun & # 39; sat next to the guard and used his phone as a flashlight & # 39 ;.
British swimmer Duncan Scott was proud of his own (photo) in protest against Sun & doping history and allegations
Afterwards, the report claims that Sun & # 39; s mother & # 39; collected all used and unused material from the test session, including damaged and used blood tubes, needles, and the fragmented doping control form and left the clubhouse & # 39 ;.
A version of events by the Sun team claims that his mother had asked a security guard to bring a hammer after the athlete was told by the DCO that he could take the blood with him provided he could access it .
Sun will attend a sports arbitration hearing in September to answer the charge and will face a lifelong ban if found guilty.
Despite his current legal problems, he was allowed to participate in the World Championships this year, which fueled the anger of other swimmers, particularly the Australian Mack Horton.
Horton stopped abuse of social media, while the Chinese swimming team demanded an official apology after dismissing Sun as a & # 39; drug addict & # 39; for the Rio Olympics.
Their long-standing feud escalated after Horton upset Sun – who served a three-month doping ban in 2014 – to claim a shock of 400m freestyle gold at the 2016 Games.
In ugly scenes on stage, Sun (photo) shouted to Brit Duncan Scott & # 39; you are a loser & # 39;
On Sunday, Horton refused to stand next to Sun on the podium after the pair were second and first respectively in the 400m final.
British swimmer Duncan Scott followed his example after the 200-meter medal ceremony and also refused to stand on the stage or shake hands and then pose with Sun for a photo.
In ugly scenes that followed, Sun gestured wildly at the British swimmer, with TV cameras that captured the now 11-time world champion and said: “You are a loser; I win yes. & # 39;
Sun and Scott received warnings from FINA for & # 39; insufficient behavior & # 39; about their protest – much to Scott's surprise, who hopes that there will be more stage protests.
& # 39; Did I get a warning after Sun Yang? I have no idea, I literally just swam, I made my statement, & Scott said after the race.
& # 39; I am Team Mack. If he (Sun) cannot respect our sport, why should I respect him?
& # 39; Hopefully this will happen with more events. & # 39;
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