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BEIJING---Olympic and world cham-
pion swimmer Sun Yang served a
three-month doping ban earlier this
year, China s anti-doping agency dis-
closed yesterday, in a case that raised
questions over why the positive test
was kept quiet for so long.
Sun tested positive for the banned
stimulant trimetazidine on May 17 dur-
ing China s national swimming cham-
pionships in Hangzhou.
The suspension began immediately
and ended on August 17, prior to Sun s
appearance in September at the Asian
Games at Incheon, South Korea, where
he won three gold medals.
Amid criticism on social media, the
anti-doping agency defended its delay
in announcing the 22-year-old Sun s
test and sanction, saying it was for no
other reason than a backlog of cases.
The agency s director, Zhao Jian, told
The Associated Press the ban was
announced as part of a periodic release
of testing results and disciplinary meas-
ures. He said Sun s support team and
team doctor were also given penalties,
which he didn t specify.
Sun s sanction was also posted Mon-
day on the Web site of the international
swimming federation, FINA. It said the
Chinese swimming association also
imposed a one-year ban on Sun s doc-
tor, Ba Zhen.
Sun won the 400 and 1,500 metre
freestyle events at the 2012 London
Olympics, and also has five world
championship golds. He won gold in
the 400 and 1,500 and the 4x100 relay
at the Asian Games.
Zhou said Sun s status as a world-
famous athlete required authorities to
handle his case with greater caution to
ensure no mistakes were made.
"This is huge bad news but we will
not cover it up," Zhao said, in comments
later carried by the official Xinhua News
"We usually report the violations
quarterly or bi-quarterly and we have
to wait until the handling of a particular
case has been finished."
The need to handle almost 10,000
tests over a six-month period also
slowed the process, Zhao said.
"That s why we did not release the
reports for the second and third quarters
until now," he said. (AP)
China delays announcement
of Sun Yang's doping ban
There is a need to get serious
about implementing policy. The
discipline needed to effectively
and efficiently implement and
execute policy is proving elusive
In sports, the focus tends to be
on the big things, most times that
boils down to getting the win or
the W to use sport jargon.
Get the W.
But getting the Big W comes
down to getting the little things
right. It s what is done on a daily
basis---day to day that is critical.
Too often we don t see the
importance of the little things
because they seem insignificant,
so by failing to get the little things
right we come up short.
It s invariably the little things
that determine the eventual out-
come. You don t know beforehand
which ones they will be.
Every action can be game
changing. Doing the little things
right is critical.
The little things we fail to do or
fail to see---and the result is less
than we plan.
We fall short because some of
us see policy discipline and policy
process as little details that can be
There are policy and policy
guidelines but a lack of discipline
in implementing is an ongoing
If it isn t politics and the politics
of the day, personal opinion and
judgment override policy.
A lack of policy discipline pro-
vides fertile ground for waste, mis-
management, dysfunction, inef-
fectiveness and inefficiency.
In every document you read that
relates to the Ministry of Sport
and Sport Company of Trinidad
and Tobago (Sportt) reference is
made to the fact that what they
both do is driven by the National
Sport Policy established in 2002,
and the strategic/operational plan
of the Ministry of Sport.
It is acknowledged that execu-
tion of sporting initiatives is the
responsibility of the various
national sport organisations for
the respective sports and that
Sportt s role is to facilitate the exe-
cution of the mandates of each
National Sport Organisation (NSO).
Sportt at this time is responsible
for providing support for the devel-
opment of 16 sports. NSOs are
managed on a grant funding
arrangement. The criteria estab-
lished by Sportt for accessing
funding include submissions by
NSOs of their strategic plan and
annual operational plan, develop-
ment plan based on the pathway
model specific to their sport and
audited financial statements and
The three major pillars are high
performance sport or elite sport;
total participation in sport or sport
for all and sport as an industry.
In the coming weeks we will
take a closer look at the institu-
tional framework and other key
elements that make up the national
sport policy and other policy
guidelines in respect of the broader
issues regarding the development
of sport in T&T. Transparency and
accountability demands that there
be open and candid discussions.
Indiscipline and failure to stick to
the policy cycle is proving harmful
to the sustainable development
and management of sport here in
The sustainable development of
sport depends on the quality of
the policy framework.
We all need to get serious about
the discipline required to effectively
and efficiently implement and exe-
cute plans and policy.
How do we determine policy
failure or success if we are review-
ing and changing before imple-
menting, monitoring and evalua-
It s not beneficial to rubber
stamp systemic failure to imple-
ment and execute.
Brian Lewis is president of the
T&T Olympic Committee. The
views expressed are not
necessarily those of the TTOC.
Sport policy and its
In this file photo, star swimmer Sun Yang talks to the media as he arrives for
Asian Games at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, on
September 16. Olympic and world champion swimmer Sun served a three-month
ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant, China's anti-
doping agency disclosed yesterday. AP PHOTO
THINGS THAT MATTER
development of sport
depends on the quality of
the policy framework.
We all need to get serious
about the discipline
required to effectively
and efficiently implement
and execute plans and
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