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Sun Yang to miss Tokyo 2020 after second CAS ban, swimming fans say in online poll

by ZwemZa on January 11th, 2021

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang poses after a public hearing of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for the appeal filed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against him and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA), at the Conference Centre of the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, in Montreux, Switzerland November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Sun Yang’s recent appeal win at the Swiss Federal Tribunal over the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has raised questions over what happens next for China’s star swimmer.

Swimming website SwimSwam asked its readers for their opinion in their weekly poll, which began on December 30 and finished last week.

“Will Sun Yang swim at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021?” they asked, presenting their readers with three choices.

Some 58 per cent of respondents chose “No, he’ll be banned by CAS” with another 30 per cent choosing “Yes, his case won’t be settled by Tokyo”.

It is in unclear when any retrial at the CAS in Switzerland will take place, with questions also raised regarding the make-up of the hearing panel.

After upholding “a challenge against the chair of the CAS Panel”, former Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini, the SFT declared they had not heard a similar challenge against fellow Italian panel member Romano Subbioto.

In the SFT ruling dated December 23 that was made public on December 28, the appeal court explained that it did not rule on Frattini and that the CAS would have to decide whether he could sit on the panel at the new hearing.

The remaining 12 per cent of respondents polled said that Sun would swim in the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games, choosing “Yes, he‘ll be cleared by CAS”.

It remains to be seen if the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were delayed by a year until this July, will take place as planned.

Sun, who has won three Olympic gold medals, was banned for eight years by CAS following his November 2019 hearing stemming from a disputed doping test in September 2018.

Despite his ban being annulled he was not present at the New Year Chinese National Swimming Challenge in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, earlier this month.

Jonathan White | South China Morning Post

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