Far from over: Sun Yang doping case goes to highest court

Sports | 14 Mar 2019

The World Anti-doping Agency has gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal against a decision to clear Chinese swimming star Sun Yang of missing a doping test.

Sun, who has won Olympic gold in the 200 meters, 400m and 1,500m freestyle, missed an out-of-competition test on September 4 at his home in Zhejiang province.

The swimmer - who was banned for three months in 2014 for taking a stimulant - was cleared of wrongdoing by world swimming governing body Fina in January, according to his lawyers.

Sun failed to comply with the test requirements but a Fina doping panel cleared him of wrongdoing because testers had breached several rules. Those included failing to produce authorization letters and a nursing license, his lawyers said.

Sun's lawyers also threatened legal action against a Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, which claimed Sun clashed with the anti-doping testers and he and a bodyguard smashed a sealed vial of blood with a hammer.

Sun is one of China's greatest-ever athletes and is hugely popular at home.

But his career has been dogged by controversy over doping suspicions and he was publicly branded a drug cheat by his Australian rival Mack Horton at the Rio Olympics in 2016.


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