China’s three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang has had an eight-year doping ban reduced to four years and three months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
But the ban, backdated to 28 February 2020, means the swimmer will miss this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.
A new Court panel held the latest hearing after a Swiss Federal Tribunal ruling.
The 29-year-old missed a doping test in September 2018 and as a result, was given an eight-year ban for his second offence.
In January of 2019, Sun Yang was cleared of wrongdoing by Fina, the swimming federation, however, an appeal put forward by the World Anti-Doping Agency to the Court of Arbitration for Sport made the overruled that decision.
Switzerland’s highest court set the ruling aside and the case was once again heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport however with a different panel in place.
Sun had told an appeal hearing in November 2019 that he missed the doping test because testers failed to prove their identity when they arrived at his home.
He also denied a vial containing his blood samples was smashed with a hammer.
Sun’s first offence saw him serve a three-month suspension in 2014 for taking the prohibited stimulant; Trimetazidine.
Williams loses first round at Wimbledon
There’s been a bit of drama on the court as the most prestigious tennis Grand Slam gets underway
Spectators filled the All England Club on Monday to watch the biggest tennis stars hit the court at Wimbledon.
After coming back from a lengthy break, Serena Williams lost in three sets to 24-year-old, Harmony Tan.
“When I saw the draw, I was really scared. I don’t know what to say, I’m so emotional now because she’s a superstar,” Tan says.
Tan took the first set 7-5, before Williams took over 6-1. Tan fought back to win a thrilling third set tie-breaker.
Despite her dramatic loss, the former world number one is brushing off retirement rumours.
Kyrgios spits at crowd
Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Aussie tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, caused a bit of a stir calling the chair umpire a “snitch” after she supposedly complained to the court umpire about his behaviour.
The 27-year-old will likely be up for a fine for also spitting towards a fan during the match.
Kyrgios says there was a lot of disrespect from the crowd, which is why he admitted to spitting towards a fan.
“I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything,” he says.
Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report
Mike Riley steps down as referee chief
One of the biggest names in the referee world, Mike Riley, has confirmed he will be stepping down as head of the English League referees
After 13 years, Mike Riley has confirmed he will be stepping down from his role as managing director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
The iconic referee leader will finish his role at the end of the 2022-23 season. Riley says he has enjoyed working in such a ‘dedicated group’.
The Premier League formally thanked Riley for his contributions and commitment over the last 13 years.
The search is now on to replace the top spot with Riley collaborating with the new team before officially stepping down.
Hero coach rescues U.S. swimmer at Olympic event
U.S. Swimming coach, Andrea Fuentes, has saved the life of an American Swimmer, Anita Alvarez, at the FINA World Championships
Fuentes dived into the pool to rescue unconscious Alvarez from the bottom after her Olympic qualifying event.
In a nightmare moment, the 25-year-old didn’t return for breath after her synchronised swimming event and instead began to sink.
In a split-moment decision, Coach Fuentes jumped into the pool to rescue her, after the lifeguards failed to act.
The young Olympic medalist was unconscious and not breathing but quickly received medical attention on the edge of the pool.
She was taken to hospital and is now reportedly in ‘good health’.
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