On the 22nd local time, the International Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland announced that the Chinese swimmer Sun Yang will be banned for 4 years and 3 months (51 months). The suspension period will start on February 28, 2020.

Why is Sun Yang's suspension period shortened?

This is the second hearing of the Sun Yang case conducted by the International Sports Arbitration Tribunal. Sun Yang’s suspension period has been reduced from 8 years at the first hearing to 4 years and 3 months. The International Court of Arbitration for Sports explained the reason.

The arbitration panel of the second hearing of the International Court of Arbitration for Sports believes that Sun Yang’s behavior in September 2018 was “reckless”, especially his refusal to let the blood sample go with the sample collector, which led to the failure of anti-doping inspections outside the competition. Can be done. He violated the relevant provisions of the FINA Anti-Doping Regulations. According to relevant regulations, this behavior should be punished with a four-year ban.

Sun Yang once failed to comply with the relevant anti-doping regulations in June 2014 and was sentenced to a three-month ban. According to FINA’s previous regulations, if the athlete fails to comply with the anti-doping regulations for the second time, he will be punished with a unique penalty of twice the suspension period. This is why Sun Yang was banned for eight years in the first hearing.

However, according to the new regulations implemented by FINA on January 1, 2021, there is a more flexible punishment method for athletes who fail to comply with the anti-doping regulations for the second time, which can be considered according to the degree of fault of the parties. . The arbitration team of the second hearing held that, considering all the circumstances, Sun Yang can be punished according to the “minimum value” of relevant regulations, that is, Sun Yang’s failure to comply with the relevant anti-doping regulations in September 2018 is at 4 The annual ban, plus the three-month ban when he failed to comply with the anti-doping regulations for the first time, resulted in a four-year and three-month ban.

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In September 2018, when Sun Yang received a doping test at his home, he raised objections to the qualification and legitimacy of the prosecutor, which resulted in the failure to complete the doping test.

The FINA expert group ruled in January 2019 that Sun Yang did not violate relevant anti-doping regulations. The World Anti-Doping Agency expressed objections to this and sued Sun Yang and the FINA to the International Sports Arbitration Tribunal.

On February 28, 2020, the International Court of Arbitration for Sports announced that Sun Yang had decided to ban him for eight years because he failed to comply with the relevant regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Sun Yang subsequently appealed to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.

On December 22, 2020, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court revoked the eight-year ban on Sun Yang because the chairman of the arbitration panel of the previous International Sports Arbitration Court was suspected of prejudice and discrimination. After replacing all arbitrators, the International Court of Arbitration for Sports conducted its second hearing on May 25-27, 2021.

By Ethan