Sun Yang not called up for training camp: Chinese Swimming Association

Local media had released a notice which had Sun Yang’s name on the list of athletes to join the national team training camp from April 1 to June 30.

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang announced he would appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal against the CAS decision to hand him an eight-year ban.

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang announced he would appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal against the CAS decision to hand him an eight-year ban.   -  Getty Images

The Chinese Swimming Association, on Thursday, denied media reports that Sun Yang has been called up for a national-team training camp.

Local media, on Wednesday, released a photo copy of a previous notice sent by the Swimming Management Center of the General Administration of Sport of China to the Sports Bureau of Zhejiang province, and Sun’s name was on the list of athletes to join the national team training camp in Zhejiang from April 1 to June 30, reports Xinhua news agency.

“According to the World Anti—Doping Code, Sun Yang is serving an eight—year ban commencing on the date of the arbitral award. His appealing against the decision does not change the fact that he is still serving the suspension. The previous notice is obsolete,” China’s swimming governing body said in a statement.

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The Chinese triple Olympic champion was handed an eight—year ban starting from February 28, 2020 when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced its decision to uphold the World Anti—Doping Agency’s (WADA) appeal over Sun’s refusal to complete a doping test conducted by the international testing company IDTM on February 8, 2018.

Sun announced he would appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal against the CAS decision immediately after it was announced, but the appeal got delayed by the COVID—19 pandemic.