Sun Yang’s Ban Reduced To Four Years & 3 Months, Still Out Of Tokyo Olympics

Chinese superstar and reigning 200m free Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang will officially not be competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. He has been handed a new ban that will last for 4 years and 3 months and run through May of 2024 – prior to the Paris 2024 Games.

Sun Yang‘s new ban is backdated to February 2020, which means he could compete in Paris 2024 at the age of 32. He also can potentially appeal this latest decision to the Swiss Tribunal again. However, as it was conducted behind closed doors it would be difficult to assess the grounds upon which such an appeal would be made.

CAS‘ decision included the following in terms of specific violations by Sun Yang:

The new Panel found to its comfortable satisfaction that Sun Yang committed the following ADRVs (anti-doping rule violation) when an unsuccessful attempt was made to collect blood and urine samples from him at his residence on 4-5 September 2018:
• Article 2.3 of the 2021 FINA Doping Code (2021 FINA DC) (“Evading, Refusing or Failing to Submit to Sample Collection by an Athlete”).
• Article 2.5 of the 2021 FINA DC (“Tampering or Alleged Tampering with any Part of Doping Control by an Athlete or Other Person”).

You can read the entire CAS decision here

In February 2020, the 29-year-old freestyle ace had been handed an eight-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for having broken anti-doping protocol. The ruling was made following an out-of-competition doping control test at which Sun destroyed samples, arguing that those who were testing him were improperly certified.

However, Sun appealed to the Swiss Tribunal, which ultimately overturned this previous suspension handed down by a different panel of arbitrators. The Swiss Federal Court confirmed at the time that racist comments made towards China by the chairman of the three-member panel responsible for the original ban were the source of the overturning.

FINA has also issued a statement upon hearing the CAS decision as follows:

FINA acknowledges the decision rendered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the case WADA v. Sun Yang and FINA. FINA confirms that Mr Sun Yang (CHN) has been sanctioned for 4 years and 3 months, effective as from February 28, 2020. FINA will enforce the CAS Award according to its terms, and in accordance with its obligations as a Signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code.

FINA remains committed to the protection of all clean aquatics athletes worldwide and will carefully consider the 90-page award.

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

 

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Tomek
1 month ago

Good news

maybe?
1 month ago

Best news of the month

Niall
1 month ago

The little victories can be the most fulfilling.

PVSFree
1 month ago

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SUN YANG IS BANNED PARTY

Khachaturian
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

party at my house tonight: 1600 Pennsylvania avenue at 6 pm EST LETS GOOOOOOOO

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Khachaturian
1 month ago

Is Klete going to be there?

Terry Watts
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

You win the internet today! Congrats!

Jeffery
1 month ago

Why would “racist comments” change the outcome? I’m gonna hire me some people to make racists comments towards me next time I get in trouble with the law.

Svird
Reply to  Jeffery
1 month ago

Because the person making the racist comment was on the panel that was judging him.

StopAAPIHate
Reply to  Svird
1 month ago

Ok but we love racists in swimming. Watch the love that’s gonna be poured out for this guy in the next few weeks without mention of this gem:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CPEbC8IsLtX/

Togger
Reply to  StopAAPIHate
1 month ago

Whilst that’s not acceptable, there is a difference between the moral standards we hold pro athletes to and those we hold literal judges to.

Jeffery
Reply to  StopAAPIHate
1 month ago

Until you decry actual violence (like all the riots last summer) to be worse than a few spoken words, you can hush. You’re literally pro racism just as long as it fits your narrative.

Facts
Reply to  StopAAPIHate
1 month ago

Damn hopefully he made a typo and this isnt another Meyers Leonard situation

Last edited 1 month ago by Facts
dresselgoat
Reply to  StopAAPIHate
1 month ago

Looks shopped, where’s the original?

dresselgoat
Reply to  dresselgoat
1 month ago

Why downvote? Link the original insta post if you’re gonna make accusations.
It seems unlikely he would post something like that 6 months before he would be going to Japan…

Last edited 1 month ago by dresselgoat
PWX
Reply to  dresselgoat
1 month ago

Uhh maybe cause it was deleted. Did you know Instagram has that feature? Super impressive, I know.

dresselgoat
Reply to  PWX
1 month ago

Uhh maybe it was doctored. Did you know that was something that could be done? Super impressive, I know.

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  dresselgoat
1 month ago

Ever heard of inspect element? You can type anything you want lol

dresselgoat
Reply to  Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
1 month ago

I figured the people arguing against that don’t know the first thing about it let alone how simple that is so I didn’t get into it. Doctored is all encompassing. Also the reasons I called for the original insta post.

Last edited 1 month ago by dresselgoat
cookedlays
Reply to  Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
1 month ago

How do you inspect element on the Instagram app?

dresselgoat
Reply to  cookedlays
1 month ago

…inspect element is accessed via browser consoles

cookedlays
Reply to  dresselgoat
1 month ago

I understand you can do that on browser. But, I don’t think it’s possible on the app itself. The pictures seem to be screenshots from the app.

dresselgoat
Reply to  cookedlays
1 month ago

see my link below. He just altered some comment took a screen shot then uploaded it to Instagram as a post.

toastedcoconut
Reply to  dresselgoat
1 month ago

have you never used instagram before? you know there’s a ‘delete’ button for posts which is why the original isn’t up anymore..

dresselgoat
Reply to  toastedcoconut
1 month ago

Well that’s pretty convenient! Do you know how photos work? They can easily be manipulated. But go off nerd

Last edited 1 month ago by dresselgoat
THEO
Reply to  dresselgoat
1 month ago

Obviously we cannot know for certain that the post is real, but I also have no reason to believe that it is fake. And here’s something I can say with confidence: IF Caleb did post this… he would have wanted it deleted later. No chance that the comment would last without intervention and removal. Bottom line: the simplest and most likely explanation is it was a real post, real comment, and got deleted later on because someone, possibly a friend or possibly random observers, DM’d them and/or commented and raised the alarm.

Again, per my other comment, I don’t think this means Caleb is some actively anti-AA person in any way… but it does mean (assuming its true) that he… Read more »

dresselgoat
Reply to  THEO
1 month ago

What could make you possibly think this is real if you have watched even one interview with the guy? Seems wildly out of character and looks like someone trying to create fake controversy. I have no reason to believe this is real, in fact I would wager it’s fake.

THEO
Reply to  dresselgoat
1 month ago

I’ve seen lots of interviews w Caleb and he seems like a super nice guy. But you can be a super nice guy and also have made an impulsive/stupid/callous/racist joke on the internet before. So I still feel like it’s more likely to be real (yes, no way to be 100% sure without other evidence, and I’d be relieved to learn that it was fake if evidence arose that proved my guess wrong.)

dresselgoat
Reply to  THEO
1 month ago

Doesn’t track he’s been on the PR stuff since at least 2017 this reeks of bogus

dresselgoat
Reply to  THEO
1 month ago
burnout
Reply to  StopAAPIHate
1 month ago

Sun Yang’s lawyers playing the race card just sets Asians back even further in trying to earn ourselves any sort of respect or recognition. Unfortunately, racism is normal in most of the world, but that shouldn’t give shady folks a free pass on transgressions.

Sun Yang has been incredibly brazen over the years in terms of doping issues and his behavior on deck. The guy makes Lochte look reasonably OK, but Lochte has been the butt of many jokes since even before Rio.

All his lawyers have to do is poke another hole in this new ruling and he could probably get this overturned or shortened as well.

THEO
Reply to  StopAAPIHate
1 month ago

Wow – I had never heard of this / seen it before. That’s really disappointing. I generally give people the benefit of the doubt – I don’t think Caeleb hates AA people or wishes ill will on anybody. But…. this is ignorant and disrespectful nonetheless and its a very embarrassing thing to show that level of ignorance as a 20+ year old person. Intent matters somewhat, but impact is ultimately what matters and in that regard this is pretty awful.

Santos
Reply to  StopAAPIHate
1 month ago

another day, another blowup

Tomek
Reply to  StopAAPIHate
1 month ago

Get a life…

Cheesehead swim
Reply to  StopAAPIHate
1 month ago

Soft

Dave
1 month ago

Four years – doesn’t that cover Both the 2021 And the 2024 Olympics?

5wimmer
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

No as it is back dated to feb 2020 so technically could still qualify prior to 2024 oly

That’s my understanding anyway

triclyde
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

Back Dated to Feb 2020 so suspension ends in Feb 2024.

Pullbuoy
Reply to  triclyde
1 month ago

It’s a 4 year and three month ban, so until May 2024, but the outcome is the same in terms of the Olympics.

Tea rex
Reply to  Dave
1 month ago

Doesn’t it seem weird how many bans go to right before an Olympic Games?

SCCOACH
1 month ago

With Sun out maybe an American might creep into the top 16 in the 200/400

AnEn
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Are you australian? Would be very surprised if the US wouldn’t have 2 guys in the 200 free semifinal and Smith could very well make the final. In the 400 free i would be surprised if Smith wouldn’t make the top 16.

SCCOACH
Reply to  AnEn
1 month ago

I’m American, I found an opportunity for a snarky joke so I took it

AnEn
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Ok, fair enough. Would have been an absurd take if serious, but after some of the comments from australian fans those last couple of days i couldn’t be sure if you were serious or not.

Juggernaut
Reply to  AnEn
1 month ago

I swear AnEn can’t you ever take a joke?

Robbos
Reply to  AnEn
1 month ago

A bit precious there mate. Us Aussies have copped lots of choking comments in the past few days, it’s all good in love & war.

Joel
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

Yeah.. AnEn is hypocritical.

AnEn
Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

Obviously you don’t know what that word means or when to use it. You shouldn’t use words if you don’t know their meaning.

Last edited 1 month ago by AnEn
Stephen
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

Onya mate

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  AnEn
1 month ago

HYPOCRITE

Robbos
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 month ago

There will always be a little rivalry between countries & swimmers, but anyone who is not interested in seeing a young Aussie girl Titmus taking to the great Ledecky, not in 1 but 3 events (with different favourite in each) or the defending champion Chalmers taking on the man who has taken the swimming world by storm in Dressel or the girl who has taken the backstroke world by storm in the past year, McKeown, taking on the girl who smashed everything in sight in the WC19 in Smith, is not interested in swimming.

Togger
1 month ago

Absolute hammer blow for him.

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