Sun Yang Not Entered in Chinese National Championships, Contrary to Reports

Controversial World Record holding swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang is not entered in this week’s National Championship meet in Qingdao, China. The news comes after Asian media reported last week that he would be racing.

CCTV5 sports reporter Sun Xiaoxue published start lists for the meet, which did not include Sun Yang. Sun Yang is currently awaiting a retrial in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport for an incident with a doping collection agent in September 2018.

Sun was originally banned for 8 years by a CAS panel, but a Swiss Tribunal overturned that ruling on the basis of racists Tweets sent out by the president of the hearing panel.

Here’s a summarized timeline of events in the case:

Sun has a previous doping suspension from May 2014, where the Chinese Swimming Association suspended him for 3 months for a positive test for trimetazidine. That drug was banned four months before Sun tested positive, and he says it was prescribed to him to treat heart palpitations.

The 29-year old Sun is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, along with 2 silver and 1 bronze medal.

Sun is the current World Record holder in the 1500 free with his gold medal swim from the 2012 Olympic Games, though he’s dropped that event from his schedule at the international level in recent years. At the 2019 World Championships, Sun won gold in the 200 and 400 free, where he faced podium protests from fellow medalists Duncan Scott and Mack Horton against his participation while the CAS proceedings were ongoing.

Though he’s not participating this week, that doesn’t mean Sun won’t be selected for the Olympics. China’s other entry in the 200 and 400 free at Worlds Jin Xinjie finished 10th and 7th in those races respectively. China didn’t enter another swimmer in the 800 free, an event where Sun finished 6th. That means China will likely be able to hold a spot open for him, pending the outcome of his hearing.

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1 year ago

For those of you celebrating prematurely he’s only absent from this meet because he’s automatically qualified from Tokyo based on his Gwnagju gold medals.

1 year ago

There was no such a report in any trustworthy Chinese media said Sun would compete and I followed swim news all the time…..The first source reporting such a thing came from here and some Chinese fans translated it into Chinese and published in the media there. Also, just saying, Sun is not “technically” banned yet to compete, so no matter how much hate he deserves, he has all the right to do so until the new hearing proven his guilt

Old Retired Guy
1 year ago

Well, the whole kerfluffle is like an Asian Rim job. Just sayin’…

Reply to  Old Retired Guy
1 year ago


He said what?
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
1 year ago

Don’t ask.

1 year ago

Kind of wish he was swimming this week, maybe even breaking the 400 WR with 3.39, and then in May at hearing they suspend him for 8 years again

1 year ago

Probably best not to celebrate too early as there’s still a glimmer chance we will be seeing him in Tokyo

1 year ago

Fantastic news!

Breaking Bad News
1 year ago

Dude’s a pop star now…

Reply to  Breaking Bad News
1 year ago

Nae ne ga nae nae ne ga ne ga nae nae

Breaking Bad News
Reply to  Crk
1 year ago

Yep, something along those lines…

Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

I winner you Loser

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