Sun Yang Case Costs WADA 600,000 USD

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s case against Sun Yang has cost the organization more than 600,000 USD, according to its annual report for 2019. WADA cites Sun’s case as one of the most high-profile anti-doping cases ever.

According to the report, in 2019 WADA received combined contributions of 1.6 million USD from Japan, China and Poland. China’s contributions amounted to almost 993,000 USD, the most of the three countries.

The U.S. federal government has threatened to withdraw its funding over displeasure with WADA’s handling of the Russian anti-doping case, with WADA responding that it would consider barring the U.S. from participating in the Olympics.

This piece of news is the latest development in the Sun Yang case, in which the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) handed the Chinese Olympic gold-medalist an 8-year ban in February after he was found guilty of tampering with the doping control process. This is the longest period of ineligibility that a swimmer can be given for a 2nd offense of this nature.

After nearly missing a drug test on September 4th, Sun made drug testers wait outside his home, and then questioned whether the testers were genuine testers sent by the International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM). Shortly after, his mother is said to have ordered security guards to destroy a vial of Sun’s blood which would have been used for testing purposes. Sun claims that the testers did not have proper identification and that the assistant was caught taking photographs of Sun on his cellphone during the collection.

FINA attempted to ban Sun after this incident, but he was cleared by an independent FINA doping panel. WADA therefore appealed the decision to CAS, which led to Sun being handed the 8-year ban.

Sun has since logged two appeals with the Swiss Federal Tribunal. The most recent appeal was submitted in June. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tribunal has been unable to address Sun’s appeals before the deadline, raising the question of whether Sun will be present at the 2021 Olympics.

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3 years ago

This is a huge conspiracy against Sun. I have faith it will be sorted out in the end and Sun will be present in Tokyo next year.

The unoriginal Tim
3 years ago

I don’t know what to say further about this. Everyone thinks he’s doping at this point. He was caught once in 2014 for something added to the banned list that year. It was prescribed to him so he got a short ban.

Now he hasnt tested positive since but there is this incident. I would view this as a missed test with additional poor behaviour. Missed test is 12 months ban. Then double it for him misbehaving. I don’t think what he did deserves an extra six years. I wouldn’t be happy to have people come to my home without the proper accreditation and photo me taking a wiz.

Last edited 3 years ago by The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
3 years ago

But also, other swimmers from other countries get warnings when they test positive once.

Both your statement and my statement are true, and therefore don’t add much context to the validity of the sentence.

Corn Pop
3 years ago

Do they have a shoe division ?

3 years ago

He did nothing wrong. Just a bunch of scared Americans who snitched on him. Weak af.

Reply to  Hillbilly
3 years ago

Umm, I’m not sure we have the same definition of the word “snitched,” because I think it’s probably the Chinese sample collectors who “snitched” on him.

Jason Zajonc
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

The sport of swimming like ALL sports has cheats…it’s really to bad they get away with it for so long and make records and get medals from those who deserve it is the bottom line.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Can you imagine being so soft that you write an article bragging about snitching? Absolutely pathetic

Reply to  Hillbilly
3 years ago

It’s impossible to snitch on someone who did nothing wrong. That’s the point of snitching.

3 years ago

Ban this clown away from swimming forever!

3 years ago

Worth it

3 years ago

Those of us in business who have had to use outside counsel are not surprised.