SW Biweekly – Sun Down: Sun Yang Handed Eight-Year Ban For Doping Violation

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about the whole Sun Yang saga- the eight year ban, what’s next for Yang and his friends in FINA vs. WADA, Yang’s plans to appeal, and rumors about him spilling “the darkest secrets” in order for a reduced suspension; Sun’s mother Ming Yang reveals attempted 2014 doping cover up by Chinese swimming authorities; After two 3rd place finishes last year, NC State’s Sophie Hansson aims for another breakout at NCAA Championships this year; Jessica Long talks fighting back on the Paralympics becoming increasingly big business where athletes are finding ways to cheat the system to win; Fitter and Faster Swim Camp names Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary as Sales Marketing Director; USA Synchro changes name to USA Artistic Swimming and launches “We Move As One Campaign”; Tokyo 2020 Olympics potentially postponeable up to end of the year; Swimming World’s 2020 Swim Camp Directory; and more!

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008 SUN YANG VS. WADA VERDICT: DAMNING EIGHT-YEAR BAN ENDS CAREER OF CHINESE CONTROVERSY
by Craig Lord
Sun Yang’s swimming career is over. In a damning judgment, a panel of three senior judges at the Court of Arbitration for Sports handed the Chinese Olympic champion an eight-year ban for violating several anti-doping rules, including chain of custody and tampering. The penalty was not backdated and started in February 2020.

013 SUN YANG’S HAMMER IS NOT YET DONE AS THE LIGHT TURNS TOWARD THE MEN IN SUITS
by Craig Lord
In this commentary, the author claims, “The hammer blow of an eight-year ban on a tainted three-time Olympic champion will not be the last gavel that falls on the case of Sun Yang and his friends at FINA vs. WADA.”

016 MING YANG REVEALS HOW CHINESE SWIM BOSSES SOUGHT TO HIDE 2014 DOPING POSITIVE
by Craig Lord
The eight-year ban handed down to three-time Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang by the World Anti-Doping Agency for tampering with a test sample in 2018 has prompted the swimmer’s mother to launch an unprecedented attack on Chinese swimming authorities.

018 SUN YANG SAYS HE WILL ‘DEFINITELY’ APPEAL 8-YEAR BAN
by Craig Lord
Sun Yang, who was banned for eight years in a Court of Arbitration decision, responded by saying that he will “definitely” appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal, the highest court able to consider appeals against CAS judgments. Says Sun, “This is unfair. I firmly believe in my innocence. I will…let more people know the truth.”

019 SUN YANG URGED TO SPILL BEANS ON ‘DARKEST SECRETS’ IN RETURN FOR REDUCED SUSPENSION
by Craig Lord
Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, suggests that Sun could be offered similar witness protection that was given to Russia’s anti-drugs whistleblowers if he agrees to reveal the full extent of what he knows, “including his conversations with doctors, the FINA representatives…and really try to get to the bottom of the allegations.”

020 SOPHIE HANSSON AIMS FOR ANOTHER BREAKOUT AT NCAAs FOR NC STATE
by Dan D’Addona
After two third-place finishes as a freshman at last year’s NCAAs in both breaststroke events, NC State’s Sophie Hansson—sister of NCAA champion, Louise Hansson of USC—has shown improvement this year and is ready to “swim faster than I ever have” at the upcoming Championships.

022 JESSICA LONG ON THE POISON POOL IN PARALYMPIC SWIMMING WHERE ‘CLASSIFICATION CHEATS PROSPER’
by Craig Lord
In a recent feature in Sports Illustrated, writer Robert Sanchez claims, “The Paralympics are becoming increasingly big business. With more money at stake, more athletes are finding ways to cheat the system to win…and U.S. Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long says it’s time to fight back.”

025 HOW THEY TRAIN: LUCA URLANDO
by Michael J. Stott

026 ALYSSA DIACONO TO LEAD NEW MEN’S, WOMEN’S WATER POLO PROGRAM AT MOUNT ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY
by Michael Randazzo
The hiring of Alyssa Diacono—a standout player at San Diego State University from 2014-17—as men’s and women’s water polo coach at Mount St. Mary’s University (Md.) makes her one of only two women currently coaching men’s NCAA polo—and one of the few females in Division I to coach men in any sport.

027 JAKE MITCHELL BREAKS NATIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOL RECORD IN 500 FREE
by Andy Ross
Carmel High School’s Jake Mitchell broke the national public school record in the 500 yard freestyle at the Indiana Boys High School State Championships. His 4:14.68 broke Jake Magahey’s 4:15.63 from last year, which had lowered the oldest public school record at the time—Jeff Kostoff’s 4:16.39, set in 1983.

028 FITTER AND FASTER SWIM CAMPS NAMES TYLER CLARY SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR
Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary joins Fitter and Faster as its sales and marketing director with nearly two years of experience as a business development executive for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, where he marketed and sold sponsorship for the American auto racing organization.

029 USA SYNCHRO CHANGES NAME TO USA ARTISTIC SWIMMING, LAUNCHES ‘WE MOVE AS ONE’ CAMPAIGN
After 41 years, USA Synchronized Swimming has voted to approve its official name change to USA Artistic Swimming. The organization also launched a new campaign titled, “We Move As One,” which will be used to show off every part of the membership and help grow artistic swimming around the country.

030 TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS CAN BE POSTPONED TO END OF YEAR UNDER CONTRACT
by Craig Lord
Japan’s government was told that the contract for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games specifies that the event must be held within 2020, allowing for a possible postponement from July until further toward the end of the year between October and December should the coronavirus emergency make that a safer option.

032 SWIMMING WORLD’S 2020 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY

042 PARTING SHOT

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