China’s Sun Yang Reportedly Competing At Next Week’s Nationals

You may have noticed on our latest high-level international meets for May post that Chinese Nationals are set to begin next Friday, April 30th.

The meet is one of the Olympic-qualifying opportunities for the nation’s swimmers, with China ultimately aiming to improve upon its 7th place finish in the medal table from the last Games in Rio.

With Olympic champion Sun Yang‘s 8-year ban having been overturned, the man is indeed able to race next week and Asian media is reporting as such on Weibo, which is essentially the Chinese version of Twitter. Although start lists are not yet out, Sun is eligible to compete, with his second hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) set for May 24th-28th via virtual conference.

As we previously reported, an entirely new panel of three will hear the re-trying of the case. Hans Nater of Switzerland is the panel’s president and Jan Paulsson of France and Bernard Hanotiau of Belgium will also serve on the panel.

The president of the previous panel was removed after making racist remarks against China on social media. The other two members of the panel stepped down.

The hearing is the next step in a complex and winding legal process stemming from a September 2018 out-of-competition anti-doping test in which Chinese distance swimming star Sun challenged the credentials and authorization of doping control workers.

Sun was first cleared by an independent anti-doping panel within FINA. He was then banned for 8 years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. A Swiss Federal Tribunal accepted one of Sun’s appeals, overturning the CAS ban and sending the case back for a new hearing in front of a new CAS panel.

In Rio, Sun took 200m free gold as well as 400m free silver. We will report on his individual entries for these Chinese Nationals as soon as they are published.

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boring name
5 months ago

Hope he does badly

Jonny Davis
Reply to  boring name
5 months ago

I hope he goes to the Olympics makes the 400 final on day 1 and the other 7 guys refuse to get on the blocks

Zooming serpent
Reply to  Jonny Davis
5 months ago

Haha that’s gonna be funny 🤣🤣

Corn Pop
Reply to  Jonny Davis
5 months ago

So then he would win easily.

Bruh
5 months ago

👎👎👎👎

MX4x50relay
5 months ago

Isn’t he banned though

John
Reply to  MX4x50relay
5 months ago

Didn’t the article address that?

MX4x50relay
5 months ago

Why was the ban overturned

Mich
Reply to  MX4x50relay
5 months ago

One of the 3 judges made racist tweets towards Chinese people, including
“This yellow face Chinese monster smiling while torturing a small dog, deserves the worst of the hell!!!”
And
“Hell forever for those b*****d sadic (sic) Chinese.”
And therefore cannot be impartial

PVSFree
Reply to  Mich
5 months ago

Yikes

leisurely1:29
5 months ago

Time to SMASH the competition!

Hulk Swim is Sun Yang?
Reply to  leisurely1:29
5 months ago

Hulk swim has been absent from the comments while Sun Yang has been absent from the pool…. coincidence?

Mich
5 months ago

Absolute Legend, smoothest distance free stroke ever seen.

He said what?
Reply to  Mich
5 months ago

THORPE

Dudeman
Reply to  Mich
5 months ago

Absolutely SMASHING the competition with his DOPE swims one could say…

Anonymoose
Reply to  Mich
5 months ago

park tae hwan has something to say about that

Gus
Reply to  Mich
5 months ago

He may be a garbage human being but that stroke is beautiful

123456
Reply to  Mich
5 months ago

But his start and turns are absolute dog water. He breathes on the first stroke after the dive, does no underwater kick coming off the walls and then breath for 3 consecutive strokes. In fact, that’s the reason why he lost the 400 free in 2016

Captain Ahab
5 months ago

LMAO!!!

Jess
5 months ago

He’s aweful for the sport. Swimming cannot distance itself far enough away from him. Doesn’t deserve articles, medals, titles, respect or for people to even call him by his name.

swimapologist
Reply to  Jess
5 months ago

“He’s awful for the sport” – Ok, I get why people don’t like him. I get that you don’t like the things he’s done, and I agree with you specifically on that.

But, I think he’s actually great for the sport. Having a villian grows the sport. And he’s a GREAT villain. The attention from the whole Sun Yang and Mack Horton thing might have single-handedly revived the industry of swimming in Australia.

From a commercial perspective, from an excitement perspective…he’s fantastic for the sport.

Jess
Reply to  swimapologist
5 months ago

This aint Harry Potter. He cheated. Hes not commercial at all. All he does is create the illusion that in swimming people can take drugs and carry on competing after. Anyone i know outside of swimming isnt going to watch swimming because off someone who shouted at someone on a podium who refused to take a photo with him. Hes a disgrace.

swimapologist
Reply to  Jess
5 months ago

I can tell you are an American. I don’t know how to break this to you, but nothing will ever make this sport more commercial in the US other than “one swimmer winning a s***pile of Olympic gold medals.” But that’s the American sports audience in a nutshell.

Globally, Sun Yang drama sells tickets and drives eyeballs. You don’t have to like it, but it’s true.

Jess
Reply to  swimapologist
5 months ago

Im not American

Mich
Reply to  Jess
5 months ago

Never cheated. 1st time, he was on a recently banned heart medicine prescribed to him that was then allowed again because it gave NO physical advantage.

Then, people completely lied about what happened with the blood vial. It was his 9th test in 12 days, and the people there to “take his blood” on the 9th were completely unqualified and did not have proper credentials, and the blood vial was never even smashed, only the container.

Sun Yang has never tested positive for a performance encasing drug or doping.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.abc.net.au/article/12027892

25Backstroke
Reply to  Mich
5 months ago

I agree with this – it always puzzled me why people act like he’s the biggest doper of the century with a Lance Armstrong type scandal. If anyone actually took the time to research his 2014 ban, it’s for a substance that’s found in heart medication that’s not a PED. Technically speaking, there’s less evidence that he’s “doped” than Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer.

Sure, there’s some misinformation about the blood vial, but I find the judgement of that to be fair. There’s procedures in place and you’re not supposed to break them. IMO he should be banned from these Olympics, AND he’s not a very likable guy (ex: his Rio warm-up pool disputes), but to act like he’s the… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by 25Backstroke
Troyy
Reply to  Mich
5 months ago

Trimetazidine is still banned. It’s listed under metabolic modulators.
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Togger
Reply to  Jess
5 months ago

He is commercial, look at the number of articles about him in the West and the clicks they get, because he’s a great pantomime villain. That’s before you get onto the fact he’s still a hero in the fastest growing market for sports on the planet.

If Sun’s in the 200 free final with Scott or 400 with Horton in Tokyo: (1) it’s very unfair on ninth place; and (2) many more eyes are on that race, in China and around the world.

We shouldn’t underestimate the marketing power of turning heel. It’s why if Lance Armstrong lined up at the Tour de France this year viewing figures would be insane, why people are still fascinated by Tonya… Read more »

Jess
Reply to  Togger
5 months ago

I actually can’t be you lot are justifying being a drugs cheat this is madness. Listen to yourselves.

Togger
Reply to  Jess
5 months ago

I’m not justifying it, from a sporting perspective it’s unacceptable and he shouldn’t set foot in so much as a paddling pool ever again.

However, the Olympics isn’t just about faster, higher, stronger; it’s also about richer. And if you see the Olympics not as the pinnacle of sporting achievement but instead as a two week, multi billion dollar global bonanza of advertising and TV rights sales (and that is exactly what the IOC see it as) then Sun attending his all good.

Jess
Reply to  swimapologist
5 months ago

I don’t want a single other swimmer to miss an Olympic final because he was in it.

One of the loudest noises ive ever heard in any sport was when i watch the 2017 world athletics championships live in london. I watched Bolts semi final for the 100m in the last competition hell ever do. Everyone was cheering when he won.

That noise was no where near the noise of boos for when Justin Gatlin came out in the heat after. Drug cheats ruin sport. Ruin fair play. Ruin childrens perception of their heros. They are not good publicity.

Commonwealths>Pan Pacs
Reply to  Jess
5 months ago

Cheats ruin sport. Drug cheats are no more special than other variants.

Corn Pop
Reply to  swimapologist
5 months ago

With a competition less summer & the MVC squad always looking tired & heavy , Mack is not inspiring any that I can see.

I am not in agreement that in 2021 Australians want this sort of controversy in life yet alone sport. Can’t we just watch stuff & be somewhat happy?

Last edited 5 months ago by Corn Pop
Will 37
Reply to  Jess
5 months ago

I am not a fan of his doings, but he certainly deserved your precious time to comment.

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