GWANGJU – China's Sun Yang says he does not deserve "insult and slander" from his rival swimmers, insisting he did not violate any rules during a controversial doping test last year and that the stand he took was in the interest of his fellow athletes.
Sun is competing at the world championships under the shadow of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeal against governing body FINA's decision to clear the 27-year-old of wrongdoing during the random drug test last September.
Documents leaked to the media have revealed that the multiple world and Olympic champion questioned the credentials of the testers before members of his entourage smashed the vials containing his blood samples with a hammer.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport will consider WADA's appeal in September but three of Sun's rivals have made their feelings clear in Gwangju by snubbing him after races.
"FINA has already made it clear, I have no violation. I have abided by the relevant rules. I think what I did is in the interests of all athletes," Sun told Chinese reporters in Gwangju.