After appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), Chinese swimmer Sun Yang received a less severe penalty from his previous confrontation with anti-doping officials in 2018. Rather than the previous eight-year-long ban, the well-known athlete will be banned from participating in competitions for four years and three months.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has confirmed that a Swiss court overturned the verdict from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against Chinese swimmer Sun Yang.
Chinese media Beijing News hosted a video program recapping Sun’s strategies and actions in the arbitration case which led to severe consequences that would impact his swimming career.
Gold-medals are no longer the only metric for evaluating an athlete. Instead, people are looking for someone who can deliver a positive image.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang will be banned from the sport for eight years.
Chinese swimmers have a history of doping violations. Though the Chinese doping control center was instituted in the 90s, Chinese sports were already under the shadow of drug use.
The conflicts in the swimming community went beyond the personal tensions between Sun Yang and Mack Horton. Instead, it was a debate about the anti-doping ecosystem of swimming competitions.
After winning second place in the 400m freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships, Australian swimmer Mack Horton refused to share the podium with Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, which lead to furious reactions in China.