The International Court of Arbitration for Sport (ICSA) ruled on a retrial of Chinese swimmer Sun Yang’s ban, changing it from eight years to four years and three months. Commentators believe that the halving of Sun Yang’s ban is the result of a compromise, and it is believed that the International Court of Arbitration for Sport has met with a lot of resistance. In addition, China’s doping-related problems in sports have long lost the Olympic spirit, and the Beijing Winter Olympics should be cancelled next year.
The International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced the outcome of the case against Chinese swimmer Sun Yang on Tuesday (22nd) after two hearings. Sun Yang’s ban was reduced from eight years earlier to four years and three months, effective from Feb. 28 last year and ending on May 31, 2024. By then, Sun Yang will be 32 years old and will not be able to participate in this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
In its statement, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) found that Sun Yang had violated the FINA anti-doping rules on “athlete evasion, refusal or non-submission of samples” by blocking a doping test in 2018.
According to French commentator Wang Longmeng, today 50 cities around the world launched a rally to cancel the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China’s doping problem has long lost the Olympic spirit and should be cancelled from this point on.
Sun Yang’s ban was cut in half, a compromise that I believe the International Court of Arbitration for Sport met with a lot of resistance, said Wang Longmeng. In recent years we have seen the IOC President Bach kneel to Beijing, including to give the Tokyo Olympics, Beijing Olympic Games participants such as the Chinese vaccine endorsement behavior.
Xue Yinxian, a former team doctor for the Chinese national team in exile in Germany, said that Sun Yang had a history of doping, but the Chinese government had been hiding the truth. According to Xue Yinxian, the ban, which has not yet been lifted by the Olympic Organizing Committee, is believed to be a result of international public relations by the Chinese authorities.
Xue Yinxian said: “Sun Yang has a history of doping, he obviously took doping himself, but still went to the competition, and still has the face to sue! This time he was sentenced from the violent resistance to prosecution, or to China, to Sun Yang left a lot of face, his medals were confiscated back, the Chinese General Administration of Sports that scoundrel-like, their own athletes to eat doping, found out still want to sophistry to go, play scoundrel.
Xue Yinxian also said that the ruling again brought the world’s attention to the problem of systematic doping in Chinese sports, and the Chinese swimming team is the hardest hit.
Xue Yinxian said: the Chinese General Administration of Sports doping this is systematic and organized. From 1978 on instructions on how to doping in Chinese athletes. The most outstanding achievements are the fast performers, one is the weightlifting team, one is the swimming team; (swimming team) the chief coach called Chen Yunpeng on the central station to speak, we found the golden key to training, is doping!
Xue Yinxian’s son, artist Yang Weidong, also said that it is an indisputable fact that the Chinese swim team is not clean. He sent several letters to IOC President Bach earlier alleging China’s doping problem, but no response.
Yang Weidong said: the national swimming team, including Sun Yang, three generations of grandchildren are thieves, from his grandfather’s generation of coaches began to eat doping. This doping is an organized political project that started in 1978. The ban was reduced from 8 years to 4 years after a compromise, I think not only a ban issue, should be to drive this country from the Olympic Games. The Olympic Committee and then turn a blind eye, the Olympic Committee is worthy of trust, is debatable.
FINA, which ruled that Sun Yang was not at fault, agreed with the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and said that as a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code it would fulfill its obligation to enforce the ban. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which filed the appeal, cautiously welcomed the ruling. Olivier Niggli, the agency’s president, stressed that the retrial decision affirmed the agency’s earlier concerns about the FINA ruling.
On the evening of September 4, 2018, three staff members from IDTM, the company commissioned by WADA to conduct doping controls, visited Sun Yang’s residence to conduct an out-of-competition anti-doping test. Sun Yang and his team questioned the qualifications of the doping control personnel, refused to provide a urine sample, smashed a blood test bottle with a hammer and tore up the doping control form.
Such behavior is punishable by a four-year ban under the new FINA Doping Code for 2021. Sun Yang was banned for three months in June 2014 for an anti-doping rule violation, and this is his second anti-doping rule violation.