Adam Peaty Welcomes Sun Yang’s Absence From Tokyo; Calls For Lifetime Ban

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Adam Peaty: Photo Courtesy: Deepbluemedia/Insidefoto

Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Adam Peaty has welcomed the absence of Sun Yang from Tokyo but believes the Chinese swimmer should have received a lifetime ban.

Sun was handed a suspension of four years and three months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport following a retrial and will now be ineligible until June 2024 by which time he’ll be 33.

Peaty made his feelings clear last year when Sun’s initial eight-year ban was announced before the Swiss Federal Tribunal overturned the verdict and sent it back to CAS.

The 100 breaststroke world record-holder accused Sun then of “disrespecting the sport, you’re disrespecting yourself and you’re disrespecting your country.”

On Tuesday he took to social media, saying:

“Good news for the integrity of the games and sport but should be a lifetime ban. Multiple offences and that’s without taking a hammer out on the blood samples Man facepalming


Stand-off: Britain’s Duncan Scott, right, refuses to pose with Sun Yang, flanked by Katsuhiro Matsumoto, left, and Martin Malyutin, after the 200m free medals ceremony – Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer

Peaty looked on at the 2019 World Championships as Sun directed his anger at team-mate Duncan Scott who had refused to share the podium with him after the 200 free, following the example set by Australian Mack Horton after the 400.

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    De por vida el castigo para Sun y para todo deportista de cualquier nacionalidad, que use sustancias prohibidas para mejorar su rendimiento. Esto no es ético ni moral

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    Why is it that in swimming the best athletes complain the most?

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    On Scott and Horton, it started with their provocation. On his first ban years ago, that drug is now dropped out of the performance-enhancement list, so he was actually mispunished because of inadequate drug knowledge at the time. However, this latest ban is a reasonable consequence. But Peaty said there were offences before hammering blood sample. So I wonder if there are other clear cases of his offence.

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