London Olympics 2012: Chinese Swimmer Ye Shiwen Cleared in Doping Scandal, Clears test?
Jul 31, 2012 04:44 PM EDT
The gold medalist, world record holder, 16-year-old swimmer from China, Ye Shiwen, instead of celebrating her victory, finds herself in the middle of a doping controversy, reports are already making way that there are no grounds for the accusations. On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) insinuated that the athlete has been cleared through tests for any drugs.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams told Reuters on Tuesday, "We would only comment if we had any adverse finding," "I am not commenting, so you can draw your own conclusions."
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The young swimmer caught the attention on Sunday during the 400 individual medley in which the teenager covered the second last bread stroke in 29.75 seconds, faster than Michael Phelps record in the men's final, and the last in 28.93, beating her male counter-part, Ryan Lochte.
The accusations have angered team China. The head of the country's swimming team, Xu Qi, told reporters, "Ye Shiwen has been seen as a genius since she was young, and her performance vindicates that...If there are suspicions, and then please lay them out using facts and data. Don't use your own suspicions to knock down others. This shows lack of respect for athletes and for Chinese swimming," as reported on the Chicago Tribune.
However, Ye Shiwen has no time to worry about the alleged rumors and accusations (yet) as she prepares for Tuesday evening's 200 meters individual medley final.
The Current gold medal count is as follows: China-13, USA- 8, France-4, South Korea-3,