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Since a spate of doping cases in the 1990s and a four-year ban handed out to triple Olympic champion Sun Yang, Chinese swimmers have struggled to escape the shadow of suspicion — and concern this will only bring them added scrutiny in Tokyo, former Olympians have said.

The ban dished out to Sun, the pride of Chinese swimming, is fodder to those who had long harbored suspicions about the country’s program due to its patchy doping record.

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