The Swiss Federal Tribunal (SFT) has overturned the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)'s ruling on Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, who has been banned for eight years for doping violations, sources said on Thursday.
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Sun was slapped with an eight-year ban in February after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal by World Anti-Doping Agency, ruling that the 29-year-old had refused to cooperate with drug sample collectors during a controversial drugs test in his home in September 2018, even though the International Swimming Federation (FINA) decided that Sun was not guilty of anti-doping violations. Sun then turned to the SFT, his last court of appeal.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been informed of the decision of the Swiss Federal Tribunal to uphold the revision application filed by Chinese swimmer Sun Yang and to set aside the 28 February 2020 award of a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Panel. The Swiss Federal Tribunal’s decision upholds a challenge against the Chair of the CAS Panel and makes no comment on the substance of this case.
In the CAS award, WADA clearly prevailed on the substance of the case as it was able to show that there were a number of aspects of the original FINA decision that were incorrect under the World Anti-Doping Code and the related International Standard for Testing and Investigations. WADA will take steps to present its case robustly again when the matter returns to the CAS Panel, which will be chaired by a different president.
At this stage, WADA has not received the Tribunal’s full reasoned decision and therefore cannot comment further.
Now that the SFT has upheld Sun's appeal against the doping ban, there is a glimmer of hope that Sun could clear his name and continue his winning run at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.