On Friday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport popularly known as CAS banned Sun Yang, Triple Olympic swimming champion for eight years. The court confirmed that the swimming champion missed an out-of-competition doping test, which ended up with the decision.
CAS said that it has approved an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to clear Sun’s verdict of cheating during the September 2018 test. The appeal was made against the decision by the world swimming body FINA, the court said.
Sources have confirmed that Sun Yang is 28 years old, and he is one of the top athletes in China. During the 2012 London Olympic Games and Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Sun won two gold medals. And his career in sports boosted up since then.
The maximum ban CAS may issue is eight years. This is Sun’s second ban on doping following he faced the very first one in early 2014.
WADA said it was “satisfied that justice, in this case, has been rendered.”
“The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomes the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in relation to WADA’s appeal against the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) disciplinary panel decision in relation to an incident that led to a doping control involving Chinese swimmer Sun Yang not being completed as planned,” said WADA in a statement.
WADA protested in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the International Convention on Testing and Investigations. WADA said that Sun Yang refused to submit sample collections voluntarily.
The ban, which has been imposed on Sun Yang by CAS, confirms that the swimming champion will not be able to participate in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Sun Yang is popularly known as the “Underwater Meteor.”