- Further Personal Information
- Beijing, CHN
- Sport Specific Information
- When and where did you begin this sport?
- He began the sport in 1997.
- Why this sport?
- His talent in weightlifting was scouted by a coach.
- Name of coach
- Yu Jie [national], CHN
- General Interest
- Listening to music, travelling, drinking tea, sport. (Weibo profile, 18 Feb 2016; haotui.com, 27 Jun 2014)
- Hero / Idol
- Chinese weightlifter Zhang Guozheng. (sports.qq.com, 18 Jul 2016)
- He needed five stitches in his right thumb after cutting himself on broken glass. He carried the injury into the 2014 World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (163.com, 05 Nov 2014)
- Awards and honours
- He was named 2010 Male Athlete of the Year in Hubei, People's Republic of China. (sohu.com, 25 Jan 2011)
In 2009 he received an Honorary Citizen award in Anhui, People's Republic of China. (QQ Sports, 22 Aug 2009)
- To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sports.sina.com.cn, 13 Dec 2016)
- Other information
In September 2010 he tested positive for the prohibited substances boldenone and androstatrienedione during an out-of-competition test. He was banned from the sport for four years by the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF] and stripped of his gold medal and world record from the 2010 World Championships in Antalya, Turkey. The length of the ban was later reduced to two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS]. He became eligible to return to competitive action in September 2012. (iwf.net, 2016; sina.com.cn, 25 Oct 2013; thehindu.com, 16 Nov 2012; xinhuanet.com, 18 Nov 2011)
RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
In July 2016 he announced his retirement from competitive weightlifting on social media, but in December of the same year he returned to training with the goal of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sports.sina.com.cn, 13 Dec 2016; warchina.com, 13 Sep 2016)
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