Chinese superstar and reigning 200m free Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang will officially not be competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
He has been handed a new ban that will last for 4 years and 3 months and run through May of 2024 – prior to the Paris 2024 Games.
Sun Yang‘s new ban is backdated to February 2020, which means he could compete in Paris 2024 at the age of 32. He also can potentially appeal this latest decision to the Swiss Tribunal again. However, as it was conducted behind closed doors it would be difficult to assess the grounds upon which such an appeal would be made.
CAS‘ decision included the following in terms of specific violations by Sun Yang:
You can read the entire CAS decision here below;
In February 2020, the 29-year-old freestyle ace had been handed an eight-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] for having broken anti-doping protocol. The ruling was made following an out-of-competition doping control test at which Sun destroyed samples, arguing that those who were testing him were improperly certified.
However, Sun appealed to the Swiss Tribunal, which ultimately overturned this previous suspension handed down by a different panel of arbitrators. The Swiss Federal Court confirmed at the time that racist comments made towards China by the chairman of the three-member panel responsible for the original ban were the source of the overturning.
Source: Retta Race