Olympic Champion swimmer Mack Horton has broken his silence about the World Titles drama which saw him take a strong stance against drugs in sport.
In a world exclusive interview with Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle, Horton defends his decision to not stand at the podium beside China’s Sun Yang.
Watch the video above.
“When nobody’s doing anything, the athletes have to take over,” Horton says.
“I’m not sure where it goes wrong in the system but its definitely going wrong somewhere.”
Horton made headlines earlier this month when he protested Sun’s gold win in the 400m freestyle at the World Titles in South Korea.
He refused to shake hands with the Chinese star or stand on the medal podium with him, making it clear he wasn’t happy Sun had been allowed to compete.
Instead, Horton stood back after collecting his silver medal.
MACK HORTON’S PODIUM SCANDAL
Sun was cleared to contest the titles despite pending a September appearance at a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing.
The 10-time world champion will answer allegations of smashing vials of his blood with a hammer during a clash last year with testers.
And it’s not the first time he’s been in trouble with the anti-doping authority.
Sun served a secret three-month doping ban in 2014.
And while Chinese media slammed him, Horton received praise and support from athletes alike.
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