World Olympic champion Sun Yang’s hopes for the Tokyo Olympics ended on Tuesday, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) shortened the ban on doping violations for Chinese swimmers from eight to four years.
A short sentence released by a Swiss-based court In the statementMeans Sun is eligible for the Paris Games in 2024, when he is 32 years old.
The 200-meter freestyle champion was banned because he and his aides were found to have crushed vials containing blood samples taken during an out-of-competition test in September 2018.
Sun has questioned the qualifications and identities of testers and has always declared his innocence.
A 29-year-old woman, who also won two gold medals at London 2012, supported his challenge to the CAS panel because the judge may have shown prejudice against the Chinese, and Switzerland last December. Backed by the Federal Supreme Court.
The latest CAS panel, chaired by another president, found that Sun “acted recklessly” by refusing to drain blood samples.
The situation surrounding sample collection was considered “deserving an ineligible period at the lower end of the range.”
“As a result, the Panel concluded that Sun Yang would be subject to a four-year and three-month suspension period starting February 28, 2020,” he said.
Sun provided a three-month doping suspension in 2014 for taking the stimulant trimetazidine, which he said was taken to treat heart disease.
FINA acknowledged the CAS decision and said it would enforce it “in accordance with its terms and obligations as a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency.”
“FINA continues to work to protect all clean aquatic athletes around the world and will carefully consider the 90-page award,” he added.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomed the ruling in a statement.
“The Swiss federal court’s decision to revoke the CAS Award was limited to opposition to the Chair of the CAS Panel and had nothing to do with the proceedings,” said Olivier Nigri, Executive Director. I will.
“Today’s decision reaffirms WADA’s position on the original FINA decision, which was that there were many points that were inconsistent with the norms. Today’s CAS decision examines these concerns. I am. “
Australia’s Mack Horton, who called Sun a drug cheat at the 2016 Rio Olympics and refused to share the podium at the 2019 World Championships in South Korea, will participate in the Tokyo Olympics.
However, he was unable to compete in the event in the Australian trial, which prevented him from defending the 400m freestyle title in Tokyo. He is included in the team as a relay swimmer.