Sun Yang hearing at Court of Arbitration for Sport to be open to public

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A hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the case involving controversial Chinese swimmer Sun Yang will be open to the public and the media, it was announced today.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed to the CAS after the International Swimming Federation (FINA) opted to issue Sun with a warning following allegations a blood sample was deliberately smashed during an argument with drug testers earlier this year.

The CAS hearing between Sun, who served a three-month drugs ban in 2014, FINA and WADA will be only the second to be open to the public in the history of sport’s supreme court.

The first public hearing was between Irish swimmer Michelle Smith de Bruin and FINA in 1999.

Sun, a three-time Olympic champion, had asked CAS to make the meeting open “in order to be fully transparent and to clear his name”.

CAS said in a statement that it will “likely take place in Switzerland”.

The hearing had tentatively been scheduled for September but will not be held before the end of October, CAS added.

“Due to unexpected personal circumstances, one of the parties was obliged to request a postponement of the hearing,” CAS said.

“Such request was assented to by the other parties and accepted by the CAS panel.”

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