The Australian coach of Sun Yang defends controversial Chinese swimmer and says he is NOT a drug addict
The Sun Yang coach has defended himself and insists that he is not a drug addict – claiming that Mack Horton & # 39; hypocrite & # 39; is because other Australians have tested positive in the past.
Denis Cotterell, a mentor of the Australian national team for 30 years now coaching Sun, says he is thrilled to work with the controversial Chinese swimmer.
& # 39; I like working with an athlete who has paid his money, has a long life and still performs & # 39 ;, he said The Australian.
& # 39; If you think I would do that with someone who is fake, people don't know me. That is an insult. & # 39;
Australian national team mentor for 30 years Denis Cotterell (left), who coaches controversial Chinese swimmer Sun Yang (right), claims that he is not a drug addict
The Australian coach of Sun Yang has defended his defense and insisted that he is not a drug addict, saying that the (left) podium protest of Mack Horton & # 39; hypocritical & # 39; is
Cotterell said that if the definition of a drug forger was someone who did not understand 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.
The Chinese swimmer has been in the spotlight in Gwanju last week since the Australian refused to share the podium with him after his second place in the 400-meter freestyle.
Sun was then soaked out during a second medal ceremony when Brit Duncan Scott refused to shake his hand or participate in the photo shoot.
In the ugly scenes that followed, Sun gestured wildly to Scott, with TV cameras that captured the now eleven-time world champion and said: “You are a loser; I win yes. & # 39;
Sun and Scott received warnings from FINA for & # 39; inadequate behavior & # 39 ;, much to Scott's surprise, who hopes there will be more stage protests.
Cotterell insists that he is happy to work with Sun and said he finds it offensive to suggest that he would work with a drug addict
Mack Horton (pictured with his partner) held out in protest against the Chinese swimmer
Brit Duncan Scott proudly stood alone (photo) in protest against Sun & doping history and allegations
& # 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;
The scenes caused indignation from Australian Olympians who spoke in support of both Scott and Horton.
Horton even received a standing ovation from rival competitors when he returned to the sports village after his silent protest on Sunday evening.
Swimming legend Dawn Fraser said she was disgusted by Sun's behavior on stage and supported the actions of the swimmers who took a position.
& # 39; I found it absolutely disgusting. That's not a sport, & she told The Today Show.
& # 39; He should not swim. If I had been there I would have kicked it on the back. & # 39;
She told me ABC she would have done the same if she were in their position.
& # 39; It is just trying to get the message across – we want clean sport. & # 39;
Swimming legend Dawn Fraser said she was disgusted by Sun's behavior on stage and supported the actions of the swimmers who took a position
Mitch Larkin from Australia paid tribute to Scott and Horton for their position.
& # 39; You know they are really the bravest guys and I couldn't be more proud of them, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; They represent what they believe in and that is clean sport and if we didn't believe we wouldn't race here today. & # 39;
The American Lilly King, who defeated twice convicted baptist Yulia Efimova in Tuesday's 100m breaststroke final, applauded for Scott as he joined Horton's case.
& # 39; Personally, I love seeing other athletes stand up for what they believe in. That's incredibly brave, & # 39; she said.
Former Olympian Maddie Groves said that Scott was brave to protest because Horton had already received a warning.
& # 39; Very brave from Duncan Scott. He did that knowing Mack got a warning. Did it anyway, true champion, & she wrote on Twitter.
Scott is the second swimmer who this week refuses to recognize the former drug counterfeiter Sun
In ugly scenes on stage, Sun (photo) shouted to Brit Duncan Scott & # 39; you are a loser & # 39;
Scott (photo left) refused to admit in his protest against the controversial world champion
The Australian Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson 2012 also supported Horton's position.
& # 39; For him to take that position, I greet him. I don't think many athletes would have the courage to do that, & Pearson told Fox Sports.
& # 39; I hope FINA and the world's anti-doping authorities see the tide swell. More needs to be done and the athletes have had enough. Bravo, & said the former Australian swimmer Melanie Wright.
Horton's stage cord led to an international controversy, as a result of which FINA warned not only Horton but also Swimming Australia.
While the couple is being praised at their stand against Sun, Horton is bombarded with disgusting abuse of Chinese swimming fans.
& # 39; You will both die from an accident, you are welcome & # 39 ;, wrote an angry user.
& # 39; I will break your tombstone tonight and dance to your grave, & # 39; another added.
The angry fans already posted the offensive posts on photos & # 39; s from Horton on Horton's Instagram page with comments like & # 39; disgusting & # 39; and Mrs. Walter a & # 39; gold digger & # 39; to mention.
Sun has been accused of breaking bottles of his blood with a hammer during a collision with testers last year and faces a lifelong ban if he is found guilty. Horton is pictured with his partner
Richard Ings, CEO of the former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, said Horton should be fined for the protest.
& # 39; I am not a Sun Yang fan. But he has served his suspension for a doping violation and he has been refused by a FINA panel to refuse a sample. Innocent unless and until found guilty. Not standing on stage with him should be a hefty punishment, & # 39; tweet Ings.
Sun Yang told reporters after the race that the protest from Horton had not respected China.
& # 39; Yes, I was aware that the Australian athlete had dissatisfaction and personal feelings toward me & # 39 ;, Sun told Sunday at a press conference in Gwangju.
& # 39; It was a shame because respect for me is OK, but respect for China was very unfortunate and I felt sorry for that, & he said.
Swimmers fear that FINA allowed Sun to compete in South Korea, with a September sports arbitration court threatening to give him a lifelong suspension of the sport if found guilty.
Sun served a doping ban in 2014 and was accused of destroying bottles of blood with a hammer during a collision with testers last year.
There was no repeat of Sun & # 39; s remarkable medal-ceremony clash with Scott on Wednesday after he failed to reach the 800m freestyle stage and finished in sixth place.
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