Sun Yang guilty: Reaction to eight-year doping ban, CAS statement
The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision to hand Chinese swimmer Sun Yang an eight year ban has rocked the sporting landscape.
Sun was found guilty by the Swiss-based organisation with the ban effectively ending the Chinese star’s professional career.
The staggering ban left jaws on the floor with many predicting Sun would either escape punishment or be handed a lesser ban.
News of the ban quickly set social media alight with users left stunned over the ban, which Sun has the right to appeal through the Swiss federal court.
— Martha Kelner (@marthakelner) February 28, 2020
Sun Yang. Eight year ban. An enormous penalty.
— Jessica Halloran (@JessiHalloran) February 28, 2020
Boom: CAS rules for the maximum eight-year ban for Chinese swimming star Sun Yang.
Can’t be letting folks get away with smashing blood vials with a hammer after an antidoping test, huh.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) February 28, 2020
Drug cheat Sun Yang may be but would love to know the key difference between what FINA found re tester accreditation and what CAS have found there would want to be a huge amount of proof that accreditation was correct. #sunyang https://t.co/aMurZSF7E2
— Paul Johnson (@pjohnson_sports) February 28, 2020
Social media was quick to praise Mack Horton who made global headlines during the World Championships when he finished second behind Sun but used the medal ceremony to protest against the Chinese athlete.
Horton refused to stand alongside Sun on the podium and also refused to shake his rival’s hand.
As the Sun sets on Yang’s career.
Mack Horton deserves an apology.
Mack Horton deserves to have the school pool named after him.
Chinese swimmer Sun Yang has been banned from the sport for eight years for doping.
— Julian Abbott (@JulianBAbbott) February 28, 2020
Originally published as World reacts to bombshell Sun Yang ban