The conflicts in the swimming community went beyond the personal tensions between Sun Yang and Mack Horton. Instead, it was a debate about the anti-doping ecosystem of swimming competitions.
Australian swimmer Mack Horton decided to break the silence in regards to his teammate's failed drug test results. The week before, Australian swimmer Shayna Jack posted a two-page long statement commenting on her positive results from a recent drug test.
After winning second place in the 400m freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships, Australian swimmer Mack Horton refused to share the podium with Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, which lead to furious reactions in China.