Sun Yang CAS Hearing Confirmed for November 15 By Court Of Arbitration

(L-R) Second placed Mack Horton of Australia keeps his distance to winner Yang Sun of China while they pose with their medals for photographers after competing in the men's 400m Freestyle Final during the Swimming events at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships, Gwangju, South Korea, 21 July 2019. Gabriele Detti of Italy finishes third.
Mack Horton, left, keeps his distance to Sun Yang for the photo-op with bronze medallist Gabriele Detti after medals in the 400m free at world titles in Gwangju ... podium protests followed after Sun Yang's latest brush with anti-doping authorities - Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer

Sun Yang CAS Hearing Confirmed for November 15

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed the news we broke yesterday: November 15 marks the date when thew court will hear in public a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) challenge to a decision of the FINA Doping Panel to allow Sun Yang to escape penalty despite a series of warnings and cautions issued to the swimmers after an acrimonious four-hour argument in the night in September 2018 with testing agents from the IDTM agency hired by FINA.

The hearing will take place at the Conference Centre of the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Montreux/Switzerland.

The swimmer, said the Doping Panel in its January 2019 report into the case,  had “risked his entire career” by arguing against a test visit proceeding as usual on grounds that the FINA panel lawyers did not agree with him on. Testers also made mistakes.

CAS will now decide:



Lausanne, 14 October 2019 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear the appeal filed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the Chinese swimmer Sun Yang and the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) on Friday 15 November 2019. The location will be the Conference Centre of the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Montreux/Switzerland. The appeal was brought to CAS in relation to a decision issued by the FINA Doping Panel dated 3 January 2019 whereby Sun Yang was found not to have committed an anti-doping rule violation following an out-of-competition doping control.

At the parties’ request, the hearing will be open to the public. Print media will be allowed in priority. Photo and video media will be invited to leave the hearing room after the opening. With the agreement of all parties, it is intended to live stream all or parts of the hearing on the CAS website. Further information regarding registration will follow in due course. In any event, registration will be required and only the persons correctly registered via the official procedure will be admitted in the hearing room.

This will be the second time in the history of CAS that a hearing is held in public. The first public hearing, which took place in 1999, was also related to the sport of swimming, in the matter Michelle Smith De Bruin v. FINA.

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