Doping sample destroyed with hammer: Mega ban from swimming star Sun reduced

Doping sample destroyed with hammer
Mega ban from swimming star Sun reduced

Swimmer Sun Yang’s entourage uses a hammer to prevent a doping test from being evaluated. After the maximum sentence has been imposed, the International Sports Court has now significantly reduced the ban on the Chinese. The athlete still misses the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The international sports court Cas has suspended China’s swimming star Sun Yang in a renegotiation for four years and three months. The three-time Olympic champion has no chance of participating in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next month. As the Cas announced, the 29-year-old has violated anti-doping regulations. The ban applies retrospectively from February 2020. In theory, Sun Yang could be back at the 2024 Summer Games in Paris. Then he would be 32 years old.

The Cas ruled that Sun Yang had acted inconsiderately when inspectors tried to leave the house with a sample. The new sentence is clearly below the old one. Sun Yang was sentenced by the Cas in February 2020 to an eight-year ban, which would have meant the end of the career of the multiple world champion. His lawyers appealed, the Swiss Federal Court allowed the controversial swimmer to be appealed before Christmas and overturned the judgment. A CAS judge had been declared biased.

In the case, it is mainly about a doping sample destroyed with a hammer from autumn 2018. The swimmer’s environment was directly involved. The world federation Fina initially waived a ban, whereupon the world anti-doping agency Wada called the Cas.

Sun Yang had defended the crime by stating that the inspectors could not be sufficiently identified. The fact that the Chinese was a repeat offender also contributed to the maximum penalty at that time. In 2014 he was banned for three months because of doping.