A former Chinese executive for Google has published the personal contact details of the US swimming coach John Leonard on a social networking site in retaliation for comments he made about a Chinese swimmer, according to media reports.
The head of the World Swimming Coaches Association, John Leonard, described Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen's Olympic performance as "suspicious" and compared it to previous cases of Chinese doping.
In retaliations, the former head of Google China, Kaifu Lee, wrote on a Chinese social networking site:
– Kaifu Lee's comments on Weibo
I read a couple dozen of articles on Ye Shiwen. All basically just relentless attacks from John Leonard ... Below are his background and contact details. If you want to contact him, I suggest using civilised and factual approach."
The comments were distributed to Mr Lee's 15 million followers and retweeted 14,000 times, prompting calls for Mr Leonard's email to be hacked and at least one death threat. Mr Lee has since apologised and removed the post.
Swimming's world governing body FINA have condemned the speculation surrounding Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen.
– FINA, Swimming's world governing body
Following recent comments reported in the media, FINA would like to clearly state that there is no factual basis to support this kind of insinuations related to the performances of the Chinese swimmer, Shiwen Ye
– FINA, Swimming's world governing body
This athlete has fulfilled all of the FINA doping control obligations, having been tested on four occasions in the last 12 months, including twice before the Chinese Olympic trials in 2012
The statement comes after British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan and LOCOG chairman Seb Coe both came to the defence of the 16-year-old.
Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen's success in the pool is "not unthinkable" and she should be given the benefit of the doubt, Lord Coe said today.
The 16-year-old's success has been marred by critics who expressed concern after she smashed her personal best and beat the world record during the 400m individual medley.
But today London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said his instinct was to "celebrate an extraordinary performance".
He said: "It is not the first time that teenagers have broken world records or won Olympic titles.
"You have got to be very careful when you suddenly assume that a massive and unexpected breakthrough in an event or a particular discipline is based on anything other than great coaching and extraordinary talent."
Young Mayor of the Olympic Village, Steven Cheung, has accused the US swim coach of suffering from a case of sour grapes after he accused China's Ye Shiwen of doping.
He told Daybreak: “This is about the Olympics, it’s bringing the best out of people. I think this is a case of bad sportsmanship and just acase of sour grapes.”
Ye Shiwen, the Chinese swimmer who has been subjected to allegations of doping, has won gold in the final of the women's 200m individual medley.
The 16 year old finished with a time of 2:07.57, setting a new Olympic record.
Team GB's Hannah Miley finished in seventh place.
Anti-doping chief Jian Zhixue says that it is "not proper" to single out Chinese swimmers for producing good performances, reports Xinhuanet.
– Jiang Zhixue
The Chinese athletes, including the swimmers, have underwent nearly 100 drug tests since they arrived here,
Many were also tested by the international federations and the British anti-doping agency. I can tell you that so far there was not a single positive case.
I think it is not proper to single Chinese swimmers out once they produce good results.
We never questioned Michael Phelps when he bagged eight gold medals in Beijing
Drugs cheats at London 2012 will be caught but athletes who put in world record-breaking performances should be given the benefit of the doubt, the Olympics' world body said today.
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) said critics concerned after 16-year-old Chinese Olympic swimmer Ye Shiwen took five seconds off her personal best and more than a second off the world record in the 400m individual medley should "get real".
"These are the world's best athletes competing at the very highest level," IOC communications director Mark Adams said.
"We have seen all sorts of records broken already all over the place."
His comments came after American coach John Leonard described Ye's performance as "disturbing".
IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist, a veteran anti-doping competitor, did not express any concerns when asked if he had any suspicions regarding the swimmers in London.
– Arne Ljungqvist, IOC medical commission chairman
I am pretty experienced in this matter, as you know, and have been at the Games since a long time ago and within anti-doping for 40 years.
You ask me specifically about this particular swimming. I say no, I have not personally any reason other than to applaud what has happened, until I have further facts, if so.
- 5,000 urine and blood samples will be collected from athletes
- Samples are taken before and after competition and takes place during the period between the opening of the Olympic village and the Games' closing ceremony
- Athletes are not told in advance that they have been selected for testing
- Samples are kept for up to eight years
Samples are tested at the anti-doping laboratory in Harlow, Essex, staffed by 1,000 people including 150 scientists.