Racist Tweets By CAS Panel Chair At Core Of Sun Yang’s Ban Lifting

Yesterday, Chinese state-run media outlet Xinhua reported that a Swiss Tribunal overturned an eight-year ban on distance swimmer Sun Yang

As a refresher, multi-Olympic champion Sun was handed an 8-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this past February. The case revolved around an out-of-competition doping control test in which 29-year-old Sun destroyed the samples, claiming that the test-takers were unofficial and improperly identified agents.

Sun had since appealed the 8-year CAS ban to the Tribunal Arbitral du Sport (TAS).

You can read a comprehensive background on the case in our report from yesterday here.

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) response to the TAS decision reiterated that “WADA clearly prevailed on the substance of the case as it was able to show that there were a number of aspects of the original FINA decision that were incorrect under the World Anti-Doping Code and the related International Standard for Testing and Investigations”

That statement hinted to the fact that something non-factual was perhaps in play with TAS’ overturning decision, a concept which was indeed brought to light through the Swiss Tribunal’s official decision verbiage.

The Swiss Tribunal’s statement read as follows:

The Federal Supreme Court ruled on December 22, 2020, the request of Chinese swimmer Sun Yang to revise the decision of the International Sports Arbitration Court in Lausanne on February 28, 2020 (“Tribunal Arbitral du Sport”, TAS; Decision CAS 2019 / A / 6148) due to bias of a judge of the CAS approved. The decision of the CAS is canceled. 

Per The New York Times, the Swiss federal court’s decision came after lawyers for Sun presented evidence that the chairman of the three-member panel that issued Sun’s ban in February, Franco Frattini, had made racist comments about China on social media.

“This yellow face Chinese monster smiling while torturing a small dog, deserves the worst of the hell!!!” the CAS Chair tweeted in 2019 in response to an unverified video of an unknown market seller, per Xinhua.

The year before the Italian tweeted, “Hell forever for those b*****d sadic (sic) Chinese.” (Xinhua)

Wednesday WADA stated, “WADA will take steps to present its case robustly again when the matter returns to the CAS panel, which will be chaired by a different president.”

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5 months ago

Oh this comment section is gonna be good!! I see I came in early though, be back later.

Sad Frog
Reply to  Olympian
5 months ago

Got any extra popcorn?

5 months ago

Oh ffs, how did no one do the due diligence on this?

Bo Swims
Reply to  Togger
5 months ago


Why did he tweet that
5 months ago

Remember kids, nothing is as lame as old racist tweets!

Reply to  Why did he tweet that
5 months ago

It’s from 2019…

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