West France (with AFP)
The decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on the Chinese Sun Yang is expected next September. The swimmer, triple Olympic champion and already suspended for doping in 2014, risk a suspension for life for destroying his blood sample with a hammer during an unannounced test last September.
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang will be heard in September by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) about its incredible anti-doping test last year, said Sunday the International Swimming Federation, a hearing that could end his career.
An explosive report from the International Swimming Federation's Anti-Doping Committee (Fina) written in January and posted online Saturday by the Australian newspaper Sunday Telegraph, confirmed that the three-time Olympic champion had destroyed his own blood sample with a hammer last September. during an unannounced check.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed to the CAS after FINA cleared Sun Yang of a formal flaw, allowing the 27-year-old swimmer to compete at the World Cup, which begins next Sunday in Gwangju, South Korea. South.
This CAS hearing could potentially lead to "Suspension for life" the champion, suspended three months for doping in 2014. Athletes convicted of doping incur, indeed, such a penalty in case of recidivism.
According to the report published by the Sunday Telegraph, Dr. Ba Zhen, the swimmer's doctor and the team from China, refused to let the inspectors take the samples, although the latter warned that this could constitute an anti-doping rule violation.
Then, according to a testimony cited in the report, "Sun's mother asked a guard to bring a hammer into the doping control room".
FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu defended the position of the governing body of swimming, despite the content of the report. "It's very damaging"Marculescu told AFP about leaks in the press.
"I do not know how it's possible that such a confidential thing could be released to the public", lamented the Romanian leader. "But the situation is very simple: we have a decision of the anti-doping commission of FINA, which is totally independent"he added, assuring that all procedures had been followed.
"By the rules, WADA can appeal – and that's what it did – and CAS will hold a hearing in September, so we're waiting to see what's going to happen."said Marculescu.
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