Double Olympic Champion Sun Yang is set to miss the FINA World Championships in Doha as the Chinese delegation announced their full team line-up earlier today.
The five time World Champion intends to focus on his winter training instead of competing.
The announcement will be a blow to the organisers of the Doha World Championships who are already suffering from the disappointment of a number of other major stars choosing to skip the bi-annual event for the same reasons.
However, the news comes days after it emerged that Yang had tested positive to Trimetazidine in May and served a three month ban in secret.
Although Yang had been cleared to compete at the World Championships which start tomorrow, officials from FINA and WADA, the international anti-doping agency, are still reviewing his case after it became clear that the Chinese Doping Association ignored various protocols.
The FINA Short Course World Championships will be held from 3-7 December in Doha.
Article by: Hugo Lowell
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