Chinese Olympic delegation set to mete out punishment to dopers after demanding full investigation

Statement comes after Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi was expelled from the Games

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 August, 2016, 12:30pm
UPDATED : Friday, 19 August, 2016, 12:30pm

The Chinese Swimming Association will launch a thorough investigation into the positive doping result turned in by swimmer Chen Xinyi, who was expelled from the Rio Olympics on Thursday.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) disqualified the 18-year-old swimmer who had tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide after her fourth-placed finish in the women’s 100-metre butterfly on August 7.

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“The Chinese Olympic delegation has demanded the Chinese swimming body to start a full investigation into the matter in order to clarify the facts and seek out the truth,” said the delegation in a statement sent to Xinhua.

“The delegation will punish those responsible in accordance with the truth and law.”

The statement reaffirmed China’s zero tolerance policy against doping, saying the country conducts 15,000 doping tests annually and only two out of 1,000 have failed checks in recent years.

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“Although we have been making progress in battling performance-enhancing drugs, this case once again serves as a warning that the anti-doping campaign is a complicated and formidable task and needs long-time and consistent efforts,” said the statement.

CAS said that it is up to the International Swimming Federation (Fina) to decide on the athlete’s punishments following the Games.