Jan. 17, 2021
While it has been previously reported that Sun Yang’s eight-year ban was overturned by a Swiss Tribunal, the Swiss Federal Court has now issued a press release confirming that racist comments made towards China by the chairman of the three-member panel responsible for the original ban are the source of the overturning. A multiple-time Olympic champion, Sun Yang was originally given an eight-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last February. The ruling was made following an out-of-competition doping control test at which Sun destroyed samples, arguing that those who w ...
July 17, 2020
IOC President, Thomas Bach, has announced that he will seek to be re-elected next year. The 66-year-old has held the position since 2013 after being elected for an 8-year term. The presidential election is due to take place in Athens next June. The announcement came during the IOC’s 136th Session which they held today. During the conference it was also announced that the schedule for aquatics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics next year will remain identical to the original plan . If his bid for re-election is successful, Bach will hold the position for another 4 years. In the past the term ...
April 11, 2020
Swimming coaches around the world have lambasted Russian attempts to use the global coronavirus pandemic as a plea-bargain tool to have the country’s Olympic ban dropped and open the doors to staging cancelled and postponed events in Russia because sport should “be together” at a time of crisis. Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin yesterday called on Olympic bosses, anti-doping chiefs and judges at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to set aside the ban on Russian . He suggested that his country could help to bailout other nations more stricken by the virus and facing economic hardship aft ...
April 2, 2020
Last Saturday marked a month since the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport handed Sun Yang an eight-year ban , meaning his window to file an appeal to a higher court theoretically has passed – though his lawyers vowed to appeal, we have yet to receive confirmation they have formally done so. The higher court, the Swiss Federal Tribunal, is unsurprisingly being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press release last week, the court has suspended some operations while keeping others on track. The court issued the following statement (translated from German): I ...
March 29, 2020
Australian swimmer Shayna Jack was handed a 4-year ban by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) earlier this month. As a refresher on the case, the 21-year old sprinter from Brisbane returned home to Australia in the middle of the country’s final preparation camp for the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, at the time saying that her withdrawal was for “personal reasons.” It was later revealed that Jack had tested positive for the banned substance Ligandrol . Jack’s four-year ban is the maximum allowed for a first offense and implies that not only was she unable to prove ...
March 19, 2020
Sun Yang , the Chinese swimmer slapped with an eight-year-ban last month after a row with anti-doping testers in 2018, tested positive for a banned substance in 2014 four months after the drug in question had been listed and published in a Chinese version of the WADA Code , documents being circulated in China appear to show When Sun tested positive for the heart booster trimetazidine during national championships in May 2014, the reason subsequently given by the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) for a lenient backdated three-month suspension that was never actually served was a mist ...
March 16, 2020
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has put out a statement expressing concerns over the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act (RADA), which has recently passed committee in the United States Senate. The Rodchenkov Act is a bill written in 2019 that would criminalize international doping fraud conspiracies. In essence, the bill aims to impose criminal penalties on dopers and those found to have knowingly assisted in the facilitation of doping activities. Under the bill, punishments could range up to a $1 million fine to 10 years in prison. Proponents of the bill say “RADA arms the United States ...
March 13, 2020
Shayna Jack , of Australia, is to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the rule violation panel of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) recommended that she be served a four-year ban after testing positive for a positive substance last June. Jack, who returned home from the World Championships in Gwangju, Kore a, last July for unexplained reasons, before racing began. She later announced that she had tested positive for a banned substance but said she had not knowingly taken the drug that showed upon in her system, Ligandrol .
March 8, 2020
Australian swimmer Mack Horton has been inundated with apologies following the decision to ban rival Sun Yang for eight years, but The Institute of Public Affairs’ Gideon Rozner says it goes to show “you can’t criticize” China “for anything”.