Chinese swimming star Sun appeals against doping ban: report

LAUSANNE: Chinese swimming star in disgrace Sun Yang He has filed an appeal against his eight-year doping ban before the Swiss Federal Court (SFT), according to a report that has been confirmed to AFP by a source close to the case.

Sun, who also served a three-month doping suspension in 2014, was found guilty of refusing to give a doping sample and was banned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for eight years. CAS ) in February, confirming an appeal World Anti-Doping Agency (AMA) against the governing body of swimming FINE .

All decisions made by CAS can be appealed to the SFT.

Unless he succeeds with the appeal, Sun will not be eligible for the Tokyo Games in 2021 and his career would effectively end.

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The SFT did not confirm the information, but according to the report, a case file has been opened with a number attached to the 'Sun Yang Case'.

Sun remains suspended from competition during the appeal.

Magazine Swimming World reported Monday that Sun's attorneys had filed the appeal with a day off on April 29.

the three-time Olympic champion has previously seen two appeals rejected by the SFT before the CAS decision.

A vial of Sun's own blood sample was smashed with a hammer during a testing session in 2018, but the swimmer was acquitted by FINE of anti-doping violations, agreeing that testers had failed to produce adequate identification.

But the ruling outraged WADA which took the matter to CAS, demanding a ban of between two and eight years for missing the out-of-competition test.

the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) said after CAS announced Sun's ban that it supported the 28-year-old and encouraged Sun to continue to safeguard his legitimate rights.

Sun ha sido ampliamente criticado por otros nadadores, y algunos rivales se niegan a compartir un podio con él durante the campeonatos mundiales de 2019.

El mes pasado, la AMA exigió respuestas después de que Sun fuera convocado para entrenamiento nacional para the Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio en una aparente violación de su prohibición.

the CSA said the notice naming Sun for the training was "invalid".

Sun has kept a low profile since it was banned.

the medals he won at last year's world championships, including two golds, remain on his list of honours after CAS said it could not retrospectively strip him of titles.

A Sun attorney said in February that he would appeal.

February 28, 2020 was a dark day. It shows the scene where evil defeats justice and power replaces blatant truths, the Beijing lawyer said. Zhang Qihuai said in a statement the day after CAS announced the swimmer's ban.