— Published 19 May 2021

Sun Yang will learn his fate before the Tokyo Games


The Sun Yang soap opera will soon continue with a brand new episode. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced that the new trial of the Chinese swimmer, triple Olympic champion, will be held next week. It should last three days. The hearings are scheduled from May 25th to 27th, behind closed doors, by video conference. With such a schedule, the Chinese could compete in the Tokyo Games, where he would defend his Olympic title in the men’s 200m freestyle (Sun Yang was also a gold medalist in the 400m and 1500m at the London 2012 Games). As a reminder, the Chinese swimmer had been suspended for doping after he prevented an unannounced test at his home in September 2018. But FINA had cancelled the sanction, giving him only a warning. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) then took legal action to the CAS to challenge FINA’s decision. Sun Yang was finally suspended by CAS for a period of eight years. But his suspension was overturned on appeal last year by the Swiss Supreme Court.