Sun Yang Logs Two Appeals With Swiss Federal Tribunal

In February of this year, multi-Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang of China was handed an 8-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after which the controversial 28-year-old freestyle ace said he would ‘definitely be appealing.’

Sun’s window to file an appeal to a higher court had theoretically passed in April of this year; however, with the coronavirus pandemic the Swiss Federal Tribunal’s processes and protocols had been impacted.

Flash forward to today, July 27th and the South China Morning Post is reporting that Sun has indeed launched two appeals with the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

‘In an email shared on Chinese social media, they confirmed that no decision has been made on their cases, 4A_192/2020 and 4A_318/2020. The latter of those case files is an additional appeal made by Sun last month.’ (SCMP)

The swimmer’s Swiss law firm Bonnard Lawson confirmed the following:

“On 28 April 2020, Mr. Sun Yang filed an application with the Swiss Supreme Court to set aside the award rendered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 28 February 2020, by which the CAS Panel announced an eight-year ban against Mr. Sun Yang.

“On 15 June 2020, Mr. Sun Yang filed an application for revision of the same award in addition to the setting-aside application.”

The latter appeal speaks to the possibility of a reduced ban rather than a full-on dismissal. The Tribunal has said it will only rule in Sun’s favor if it finds procedural failings with the CAS trial, which took place last November.

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1 year ago

you do the crime you do the time

Corn Pop
1 year ago

The issue of language discrimination could be a procedural failing . Switzerland has to protect its international jurisdiction & many cases involving China are bound to be on the horizon . Tho not covered in the media or SWSW , Russian Sochi athletes had a big win against WADA in a Swiss court .

Imo Ian Thorpe should be given the gold medals since 2004 .. All 400 races have been inferior . Mack & Sun could always have squabb l ed over silver & bronze &. ditto to any other Pretenders .

I’ll give Sun the 1500 & the French guy the 200. They were not much better than but the 2001 WR but at least progress.

Reply to  Corn Pop
1 year ago

Is it discrimination if Sun Yang provided his own interpreter and they were total dog s-h-i-t?

Corn Pop
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

That is something the Swiss legal firm will have t o address but the panel punished Sun for replacing the deficient translator Switzerland itself has many dialects so there must be precedent.

1 year ago

He is a cheater. He walked and thought he was untouchable. He got a well deserved 8 year ban. However, that being said, he will unfortunately win the appeal and swim in Tokyo.

1 year ago

Sun is a cheater, just like CCP, big cheats, small cheats, cheat together, anywhere, anytime!

Reply to  LeoB
1 year ago

The CCP is trying to take over world amateur sports and world politics. They can never be trusted.

1 year ago

Sun will prevail.

Reply to  Eisenheim
1 year ago

Sadly, you are correct.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Eisenheim
1 year ago

I want to see him face Horton again to see what happens there.

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1 year ago


1 year ago

just give up already

Reply to  Gesundheit
1 year ago

The ban against Sun was completely valid, and was a long time coming. Hopefully we will start to see more heavy-handed rulings passed down, as that is the only way to ensure a clean sport.

That being said, this is still the guy’s livelihood, so it isn’t unreasonable for him to appeal the decision.

Reply to  Gesundheit
1 year ago

Sun should have hired the Manchester City lawyers.

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