Olympic Champion Banned For 8 Years For Tampering With Blood Sample

Olympic Champion Banned For 8 Years For Tampering With Blood Sample

A decision in the high-profile doping case involving controversial Chinese Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang will be announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) tomorrow.

A vial of the 28-year-old's own blood sample was smashed with a hammer during the testing session, but Sun was acquitted by swimming's ruling body FINA of anti-doping violations, agreeing that testers had failed to produce adequate identification during their visit.

He competed at last year's world championships in South Korea under the shadow of the appeal, and three rivals snubbed him after races.

World swim body FINA supported arguments by Sun's lawyers who asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to throw out WADA's case early a year ago in a pre-trial dispute over an alleged conflict of interest for the agency's American lead prosecutor, Richard Young.

At the World Aquatics Championships in July 2019, Sun won gold in the 200m freestyle but Britain's Duncan Scott refused to share the podium with him. The decision means he will miss this year's Summer Olympics in Tokyo and sports pundits say it will effectively end his career.

The Switzerland-based sports body said Friday that the three-time Olympic champion was guilty of a doping offense when he failed to cooperate with officials who tried to collect his blood for testing in 2018.

"It is quite another thing, after lengthy exchanges and warnings as to the consequences, to act in such a way that results in destroying the sample containers, thereby eliminating any chance of testing the sample at a later stage". "I firmly believe in my innocence", before adding: "I will definitely appeal to let more people know the truth".

By winning the 400-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Games, he became the first Chinese man to win Olympic gold. Global athletes must notify where and when they will be available for one hour each day, and Sun had suggested late on September 4.

WADA, meanwhile, supported the ruling and said that they were "satisfied" that justice had prevailed.

"Today's CAS ruling confirms those concerns and is a significant result".

When asked about whether Sun Yang should be stripped of his medals and titles, le Clos responded "That's still a question to be asked, whether his titles should remain from 2014 to date".

Sun is a polarizing figure in swimming, and his previous suspension from the sport led to Australian swimmer Mack Horton calling Sun a "drug cheat", which then created a feud between their respective countries at the Rio Olympics.

"Mack is a very focused athlete, he's not easily distracted and he won't be distracted by this either", Verhaeren said on Friday.

Le Clos has been very vocal about his thoughts surrounding cases of doping in sport, and yesterday told The Associated Press, "I should get my gold medal back from Rio".

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