Swiss Court Rejects Sun Yang’s Case To Remove CAS Judge

As the days roll on, more information concerning the overturning of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling regarding Sun Yang‘s doping case is being revealed.

AP is reporting that a legal challenge by the multi-Olympic gold medalist against one of the CAS judges who originally banned Sun for 8 years has been rejected by a Swiss federal judge. This week, Switzerland’s supreme court said it deferred to CAS to decide if Romano Subiotto is eligible to serve on the judging panel at Sun’s retrial. (AP)

Subiotto was selected by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for Sun’s CAS trial once the organization’s original choice stepped aside during repeated challenges by Sun’s lawyer.

Subiotto represented one of three arbitrators on the CAS panel who handed down an 8-year suspension to Sun Yang. This was eventually overturned by the Swiss Federal Tribunal not on fact-based merits of the case, but due to the fact that CAS panel chairman, Franco Frattini, showed bias in the form of anti-China social media comments.

Subiotto and the other judge at the original hearing, Philippe Sands, a British barrister selected for the hearing by Sun’s legal team, could be picked for the retrial due next year. (AP)

WADA stated last week that the organization, “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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2 months ago

You just cannot make this stuff up. . . . .
WADA and CAS, in my opinion, made a very convincing case, but the Swiss court wants, well, for lack of a technical term a “do over” of sorts.
Justice and [possibly] punish will come — but it takes a long time.

2 months ago

The translator they provided for the trial was really a joke. They wouldn’t let Sun’s team use their own and the whole thing was a mess. I’m not saying that I believe Sun Yang is innocent but I believe he deserves a fair trial where he can adequately defend himself and where his right to presumption of innocence is upheld.

Reply to  Jhonny
2 months ago

I do not have the expertise to comment on a translator’s ability, but i accept your observation. Does that fact invalidate a long and contorted history of charges relating to PED? For many years now, I have been an advocate of ‘clean sport’ by using the highest, most rigorous standards.

When individuals and state actors continue o thwart these efforts, one has a right to view things with the jaundiced eye of incredulity and suspicion.

2 months ago

Good decision

Love swimming
2 months ago

All Sun Yang’s fault is that he is a genius Asian male swimmer!

jj graham
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2 months ago


Reply to  Love swimming
2 months ago

Hoping this is sarcasm

Reply to  Love swimming
2 months ago

There has been a lot of genius Asian male & female swimmers, none with the same issue as this guy.

Love swimming
Reply to  Robbos
2 months ago

Because Sun is a dominant figure (1500, 800, 400, 200) mor than a decade now, that make certain people uncomfortable and cause drama towards him constantly, unfairly…

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