Banned Chinese swimmer Sun Yang has lodged an appeal at the Swiss Federal Court in a bid to overturn his eight-year suspension for doping, the Swimming World website has reported.
- Chinese swimmer Sun Yang won two gold medals in the pool at the London Olympics, backing up with a single gold in Rio in 2016
- The 28-year-old was banned three months ago by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for wrongdoing relating to a 2018 doping test
- If the ban stands, Sun Yang will be unable to defend his 200-metres freestyle Olympic title in Tokyo, and he will remain suspended until February 2028
Sun was banned by the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in March after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed against a decision to clear him of wrongdoing during a 2018 doping test.
Swimming World said the three-time Olympic champion’s appeal had been registered by the Swiss Federal Court on April 29.
Reuters was unable to confirm with the court.
Sun, who was given a three-month ban for doping in 2014, said in March that he had retained a lawyer to appeal to the Swiss Federal Court.
The 28-year-old is the reigning world and Olympic champion in 200 metres freestyle and won two gold medals at the 2012 London Games and another at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
In his open court hearing last November, evidence was presented of how a security guard used a hammer to smash the casing around a vial of Sun’s blood.
FINA’s doping panel had cleared Sun of any wrongdoing in the incident but WADA appealed against that decision and CAS found against him.
Sun, the first Chinese swimmer to win Olympic gold, has long been a polarising figure in the pool.
He came to the attention of Australians after Mack Horton led a protest against him at the Rio Olympics.
Horton and Scottish swimmer Duncan Scott refused to stand with Sun on medal podiums at the 2019 FINA World Championships in South Korea.