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SwimSwam Pulse: 58% Assume Solar Yang Will Be Banned Earlier than 2021 Olympics


SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring function monitoring and analyzing the outcomes of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You possibly can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about midway down the web page on the best aspect, or yow will discover the ballot embedded on the backside of this put up.

Our most up-to-date ballot requested SwimSwam readers whether or not they thought Sun Yang can be allowed to swim on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021:


Query: Will Sun Yang swim on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021?

  • No, he’ll be banned by CAS – 58.1%
  • Sure, his case gained’t be settled by Tokyo – 29.7%
  • Sure, he’ll be cleared by CAS – 12.1%

Greater than half of voters mentioned they count on Chinese language distance swimmer Sun Yang to be banned in time to maintain him out of the Tokyo Olympics this 12 months.

58.1% mentioned Solar can be banned (for a second time) by the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport, or CAS. Solar was concerned in an altercation at an out-of-competition doping take a look at within the fall of 2018. In that incident, Solar challenged the credentials of doping management brokers, and the evening ended as considered one of Solar’s guards smashed a vial of Solar’s blood, claiming it had been drawn with out authorization.

That’s the place the story takes a flip into an alphabet soup of winding authorized challenges.

FINA initially tried to ban Solar, however an impartial doping panel cleared him. WADA appealed that ban to CAS. A CAS panel handed Solar an 8-year ban, although that totally public listening to was marred by frequent translation points between Solar’s Chinese language-speaking witnesses and the English-speaking panel. Solar appealed the choice to the Swiss Federal Tribunal, which upheld considered one of his challenges, sending the case again to a special CAS panel after the chair of the unique panel revealed racist tweets vital of China on social media.

  • FINA= the world’s governing physique for swimming
  • WADA = World Anti-Doping Company, a world-level group governing anti-doping guidelines and testing
  • CAS = Court docket of Arbitration for Sport, a physique that hears and resolves sport-related disputes

29.7% thought Solar can be allowed to compete in Tokyo this 12 months, however solely as a result of the CAS panel wouldn’t have the ability to re-hear his case and make a decision by the summer time. Initially, Solar’s case had a prolonged timeline. The scuffle on the doping take a look at befell within the fall of 2018. The altercation wasn’t publicly revealed till January of 2019. WADA introduced in March that it was interesting the FINA panel, and it took eight extra months earlier than CAS might hear the dispute, in November of 2019.

With the Olympics bearing down, although, the timeline could be sped up this time round to keep away from the potential re-distributing of medals if Solar is banned after the Olympics.

Simply 12.1% of voters thought Solar can be cleared outright by the Olympics slated for this coming July.


Beneath, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks voters how USA Swimming ought to deal with an Olympic Trials meet amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic:

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