2020/03/08

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Who gets Sun Yang's medals if he is stripped of his titles?

  

Sun Yang with Duncan Scott, Martin Malyutin and Katsuhiro Matsumoto at the medal ceremony at the 2019 world championships.



United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart has added his name to the growing chorus of people who feel disgraced Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, who was banned for eight years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a doping violation in 2018, should have his medals stripped.


The most prominent event in which multiple people, including international swimmers, are calling for him to be stripped of, is Suns two gold medals (200m freestyle and the 400m freestyle) at the 2019 International Swimming Federation World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.


Fina vice-president Matt Dunn told The Sydney Morning Herald it would be open to looking into the matter, but it will wait until the appeal process is over. Suns lawyer stated he has 30 days to appeal the ruling, which was handed down on February 28. Sun said he will definitely appeal the verdict.


The CAS ruling can be overturned by the Swiss Federal Tribunal but successful appeals are rare. The 28-year-old said he firmly believes in his innocence. Swimming Australia chairman John Bertrand said if and when Suns appeal is denied they will lobby Fina to revisit this decision and erase Yang from the Gwangju records.


A number of Sun Yangs wins have now been called into question.



Sun won the 200m freestyle in South Korea in a time of 1:44.93 and if stripped of that medal the gold would go to Japans Katsuhiro Matsumoto. The gold would be the first international one for the 23-year-old, who won two golds at the 2018 Asian Games in the 400m and 800m freestyle relays.


Russias Martin Malyutin and Great Britains Duncan Scott tied for bronze in the 200m freestyle, which would mean both would get upgraded to silver, and Italys Filippo Megli would potentially get a bronze medal.


Scott refused to share the podium with Sun in South Korea, prompting the Chinese star to shout at him, You loser, Im the winner.


Scott issued a statement last week stating: I fully respect and support the decision that has been made and announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport this morning. I believe in clean sport and a level playing field for all athletes and I trust in CAS and Wada (World Anti-Doping Agency) to uphold these values.



In the 400m freestyle, Australias Mack Horton, an outspoken critic of Yangs since 2014, would add another gold to his collection and Italys Gabriele Detti would get bumped up to silver, while Lithuanias Danas Rapsys would get his first world championship medal. Horton also refused to share the podium with Sun after the race.


The question now facing various governing bodies is how far back should Sun be stripped of his medals? The next prominent event he competed in was the 2018 Asian Games, where he won four gold medals (200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle and 1,500m freestyle).


This would mean four new gold medallists Katsuhiro Matsumoto of Japan, Naito Ehara of Japan, Shogo Takeda of Japan and Nguyen Huy Hoang of Vietnam, respectively.


Source: https://www.scmp.com





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