Disgraced distance runner Sun Yinjie has been dropped from the China athletics squad for the East Asian Games in Macau. The 26-year-old and her coach Wang Dexian were members of the original 79-strong athletics squad, but yesterday the shamed athlete had mysteriously failed to appear. Speaking at a press conference held after the flag-raising ceremony of the China delegation, Cui Dalin, deputy chef de mission, refused to comment on Sun's participation in the Macau Games. However he admitted that some adjustments had been made to the final squad after the completion of the National Games in Nanjing last week. 'The list was made before the Nanjing National Games and it is not surprising that we had to fine-tune it because some athletes may have got injured or simply suffered a loss of form during the games,' said Cui. China had entered a total of 399 competitors for the Macau Games but the final list came up with 394. Sun and her coach Wang, who were in the original entry list, had apparently been shown the door and were no longer in the squad. Sun was stripped of her silver medal in the women's 10,000 metres at the National Games in Jiangsu last week after failing a dope test. The athlete had previously notched up China's first World Championships medal on the track in 2003 when she won the 10,000m bronze medal behind Ethiopians Berhane Adere and Werknesh Kidane. She has also run the fifth fastest 10,000m in history and was one of China's major hopes for the Beijing Olympics until the doping scandal emerged. Both she and her coach are now facing a two-year ban by the Chinese Athletics Association if they are found guilty. It is understood that Sun is currently in Beijing awaiting the test result of her B sample, that she had requested to be carried out to try and restore her reputation. However, when asked about the result, Cui refused to comment on the situation. 'Sun's case has nothing to do with the East Asian Games here in Macau and I will not make any comment on her,' said Cui yesterday. Of the 394-strong Chinese squad, 90 of them participated in the 2004 Athens Games, with 11 winning gold medals. These included hurdler Liu, diver Guo Jingjing, swimmer Lou Xuejuan and shooter Du Li. The remaining 280 plus competitors are mostly youngsters who are making their international debut at the nine-day event. 'We are sending the largest ever squad for the Macau Games because it is a good opportunity for young athletes to gain more international exposure and at the same time continue our build-up for the Olympic Games in 2008,' said Cui. 'The average age of the squad is 21 years old so we are planning for the future.' Although most of the athletes had just competed for their provinces at the demanding National Games, Cui did not believe it had taken too much out of his young charges. 'Some events at the National Games finished quite a long time ago and the athletes have already taken a break. They have now resumed training with an aim to achieving results at the East Asian Games,' he said. 'Although those who have just finished their events [in the National Games] may not have enough time to recover.' China collected the same number of medals as Japan four years ago (191) when the games were held in Osaka, although they had won more gold medals (85) than the Japanese (61). Cui however, said it was not the right time to discuss the number of gold medals China would be aiming to win in Macau. 'I can only tell you the number of gold medals after the entire event finishes. At this stage, I will only say we would give our best and compete for the best results,' he said. 'Indeed both Japan and Korea are very strong and it would be difficult for us to compete against them,' said Cui.