CAS Public Hearing – WADA vs Sun Yang & FINA – Further Information


Tomorrow 15 November 2019

The hearing will be held at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Montreux, Switzerland, commencing
at 9.00am and concluding at approximately 8.30pm.

From the moment the hearing starts, all or parts of the hearing will be available by livestream via the
CAS website The proceedings will be conducted in English.

What is the case about?

Following a conflictual anti-doping test, initiated on 4 September 2018 at the residence of Mr Sun Yang, resulting in the testing not being completed, the matter was referred to the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Doping Panel (FINA DP). The FINA DP determined that the International Standard for Testing and Investigations (ISTI), the protocol adopted by the World AntiDoping Agency (WADA) for the conduct of doping controls, had not been properly followed in the circumstances and that accordingly, the sample collection was invalid. As a consequence, the FINA DP ruled that the athlete had not committed any anti-doping rule violation.

WADA filed an appeal at CAS against that decision, considering that Sun Yang voluntarily refused to submit to sample collection and requesting that a period of ineligibility of minimum 2 years and maximum 8 years be imposed on him.

The parties have exchanged written submissions to present all their arguments and requests. They are now called to appear at a hearing in the presence of the Panel of arbitrators. The hearing will give the opportunity to the CAS Panel to hear the parties, their witnesses and experts and to ask them questions.

Read the press release

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