Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang has been handed a shock eight-year ban from competitive swimming.
The 28-year-old has been found guilty of refusing to cooperate during a visit to his home by sample collectors during September 2018.
Accusations of a vial of the swimmer's blood being smashed after he questioned the legitimacy of the officials in his home have also been made.
Sun had told an appeal hearing in November that he missed a test because testers failed to prove their identity when they arrived at his home.
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He denies a vial containing his blood samples was smashed with a hammer.
The International Swimming Federation or FINA had initially cleared Yang of any wrongdoing but that has been overturned after the World Anti Doping Authority appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The length of the ban has been imposed due to it being a second offence after Yang served a three-month suspension for taking stimulant Trimetazidine back in 2014.
He told China's Xinhua news agency of the decision: “This is unfair. I firmly believe in my innocence.
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“I will definitely appeal to let more people know the truth.”
A statement by CAS read: "The athlete failed to establish that he had a compelling justification to destroy his sample collection containers and forego the doping control when, in his opinion, the collection protocol was not in compliance with the ISTI (international standard for testing and investigations).
"As the Cas panel noted, it is one thing, having provided a blood sample, to question the accreditation of the testing personnel while keeping the intact samples in the possession of the testing authorities; it is quite another thing, after lengthy exchanges and warnings as to the consequences, to act in such a way that results in destroying the sample containers, thereby eliminating any chance of testing the sample at a later stage."
The 11 world titles he has won since 2011 will still stand because he hasn’t tested positive for doping, with Adam Peaty and Sharron Davies backing the decision.
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Peaty said: “I trust in Cas and Wada to uphold the values in the sport and I believe a ban was the right decision.
“I feel strongly about clean sport and I feel a responsibility as an athlete to be true to myself, my sport, my country and the next generation of athletes who look to us for inspiration.”
With Davies telling the Telegraph: “It’s such a shame that we don’t have a stronger governing body.
“We knew in Rio, when they let the Russians compete when lots of other associations were standing up, that we just don’t have a federation that has the backbone to stop cheating.”
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