Hearings are crucial to Sun Yang: Winning will lead to a clean defeat or a life-long suspension.

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 Hearings are crucial to Sun Yang: Winning will lead to a clean defeat or a life-long suspension.


Sun Yang and Scott were warned at the same time

Scott refused to take a photo with Sun Yang at the award ceremony after the mens 200m freestyle final of the World Championship on 23 March. Sun Yang was very dissatisfied with this move. He punched Scott and shouted at him in English: I am the winner, you are the loser! This scene caused great repercussions. The Executive Committee of the International Swimming Federation held a meeting that evening and warned Sun Yang and Scott in accordance with the relevant provisions of Article C12.1.3 of the Constitution of the International Swimming Federation.

A reporter from the Beijing News consulted the Constitution of the International Swimming Federation, which stipulates that any individual or association who acts adversely affecting swimming and the International Swimming Federation will be punished by warning, suspension and cancellation of the results according to the degree of influence.

The Executive Committee of FINA believes that Scotts refusal to take photos and Sun Yangs on-site response are both improper behavior and speech and have a negative impact on swimming and the current World Championships. Thats why they both received warning letters. Although many domestic netizens hold the view that Scotts cause led to Sun Yangs response, it is also an indisputable fact that both of them violated the Articles of Association of International Swimming. In terms of the degree of punishment, FINA treats both swimmers equally and gives them the lightest warning penalty.

According to media analysis, although this warning will not affect Sun Yangs next match, it may make him miss the MVP of this tournament.

Warning Horton for another reason

Before Scott, Sun Yang had met a similar scene on July 21: Australian silver medalist Horton refused to share the stage with Sun Yang at the award ceremony after the mens 400-meter final. On the evening of July 22, the Executive Committee of the International Swimming Federation held a meeting and decided to warn the Australian Swimming Association and Horton.

In a warning letter to Horton, FINA stressed: FINA respects the freedom of speech of athletes, but at the same time believes that anyones freedom of speech must be expressed in the right way. As in all sports competitions, all athletes and staff participating in FINA competitions should be aware of their responsibilities and obligations to respect FINA rules and regulations, and should not use FINA events to express their personal positions and attitudes.

Horton protested against Sun Yangs violent resistance to inspection last year, and FINA responded: Hortons protest is currently under review by the International Court of Sports Arbitration, so FINA will not comment on it until the hearing is held and results are achieved.

It is worth noting that FINAs warnings to the Australian Swimming Association and Horton did not mention the specific rules on which the warnings were based. According to the Beijing News, the Code of Conduct of the International Swimming Federation stipulates that athletes should be punished for misconduct (including, but not limited to, abuse, violence), ugliness or provocation), which should be the basis for Hortons warning.

Before Horton refused to share the prize with Sun Yang, there was no such precedent in the swimming competition. In the Constitution of the International Swimming Federation, there are no mandatory provisions and corresponding penalties in this regard. Im afraid the FINA didnt expect athletes to do something at the awards ceremony.

The September hearing was crucial.

Hearings on Sun Yangs violent resistance to prosecution, repeatedly mentioned by Horton and his supporters, will be held in September this year. It has been said before that some people have questioned why Sun Yang can participate in the World Championships normally before the hearing is held.

In accordance with the relevant procedures, FINA had decided at the beginning of the year that Sun Yang had not violated the rules in the incident, but the World Anti-Doping Agency questioned the findings and appealed to the International Court of Sports Arbitration in March, which was also supported by the Global Anti-Doping Regulations and was made by the International Court of Sports Arbitration. The final decision shall prevail. At that time, the International Court of Sports Arbitration scheduled the hearing in September, after this years World Championships in swimming, because neither Sun Yang nor the World Anti-Doping Agency proposed a speedy procedure.

Sun Yangs lawyer team issued a statement on 19 th of this month requesting that the hearings held by the International Sports Arbitration Court on this matter be open to the public in order to prove Sun Yangs innocence in an open and transparent manner. The move is aimed at opposing the trial of him by foreign media. Before the World Championship, Australian media released a 59-page report on Sun Yangs clash with doping detectors, which was considered a flagrant violation of confidentiality agreements by relevant agencies. The executive director of FINA, Marculescu, was also incredible. I dont know how such confidential information can be made public, which is very harmful. From the current situation, the specific time of the hearing has not yet been announced, but the results of the hearing are crucial to Sun Yang - winning the lawsuit proves innocent, losing the lawsuit may be banned for life and end his swimming career. In terms of Sun Yangs high-profile attitude that he hopes to hold public hearings, they seem to be more emboldened. Source: New Beijing Daily Responsible Editor: Cao Lie-e_NS1806

Sun Yangs lawyer team issued a statement on 19 th of this month requesting that the hearings held by the International Sports Arbitration Court on this matter be open to the public in order to prove Sun Yangs innocence in an open and transparent manner. The move is aimed at opposing the trial of him by foreign media. Before the World Championship, Australian media released a 59-page report on Sun Yangs clash with doping detectors, which was considered a flagrant violation of confidentiality agreements by relevant agencies. The executive director of FINA, Marculescu, was also incredible. I dont know how such confidential information can be made public, which is very harmful.

From the current situation, the specific time of the hearing has not yet been announced, but the results of the hearing are crucial to Sun Yang - winning the lawsuit proves innocent, losing the lawsuit may be banned for life and end his swimming career. In terms of Sun Yangs high-profile attitude that he hopes to hold public hearings, they seem to be more emboldened.