The time has finally come for Sun Yang‘s hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, an event more than a year in the making. Conveniently, the hearing will be live-streamed and conducted in English as CAS’ first public event since 1999. It begins at 9 a.m. local time Friday (3 a.m. Eastern time) and is scheduled to go on for 11 hours at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Montreux, Switzerland.
The panel of arbitrators includes Judge Franco Frattini as panel president, WADA-appointee Romano F. Subiotto, a solicitor-advocate in Brussels and London, and Sun Yang and FINA-appointee Prof. Philippe Sands, a law professor and barrister in London.
WADA will be represented by the firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (Colorado Springs, USA). Sun Yang will be represented by Bonnard Lawson Law Firm (Geneva, Switzerland), XXIV Old Buildings (London, UK), and Beijing Lanpeng Law Firm (Beijing, P.R. China). FINA will be represented by CPV Partners (Lausanne, Switzerland).
After the hearing, the panel will deliberate and prepare an Arbitral Award explaining its decision, which will be announced at a later date.
SwimSwam will live-recap the hearing. Sun is scheduled to first appear at 9:15 a.m. local time, with FINA and WADA witnesses to follow. Over the course of the year, we’ve covered this saga extensively, but in case you haven’t been able to keep up, here’s everything you need to get ready for Friday.
- Vial of Sun Yang’s Blood Allegedly Smashed with Hammer in Drug Test Altercation
- FINA ‘Won’t Consider Further Speculation or Hearsay’ About Sun Yang
- Chinese Swim Association Supports Sun Yang on Defamation Claims
- Daily Telegraphs Unearths Full 59-Page Report from 2018 Sun Blood Vial Incident
- Sun Yang Expected to Face CAS Hearing in September
- Sun Yang Wins 4th Straight World Title with 3:42 400 Free
- Mack Horton Abstains from 400 Free Podium Celebrations in Protest of Sun Yang
- FINA Send ‘Warning Letter’ to Mack Horton over Podium Protest
- Sun Yang Wins Worlds 200 Free After Danas Rapsys Shockingly DQed
- FINA Issues Warnings to Sun Yang and Duncan Scott Following Podium Interaction
- Duncan Scott Follows Horton’s Lead: Refuses Photos, Handshake with Sun Yang
- Sun Yang: ‘Disrespecting Me is OK, Disrespecting China Was Very Unfortunate’
- CAS Clarifies Sun Yang Hearing Timeline, Explains Inability to Extradite
- Sun Yang to Request a Public CAS Hearing to be ‘Fully Transparent,’ Lawyers Say