Accused of destroying a sample during an anti-doping test in September 2018, the Chinese swimming star Sun Yang appeared in Montreux with a smile, where the Administrative Court of Sport (TAS) relocated for this audience exceptionally public.
From our correspondent in Beijing , Liu Zhifan
The Chinese swimmer challenges the validity of this check and risks a heavy suspension. The 27-year-old Chinese Olympic champion in London and Rio is an undisputed star in his discipline. Last summer in South Korea he was allowed to swim despite the doping charges and took the opportunity to win his 10th and 11th world championship titles.
$ 9 million in earnings
Known for its sulphurous character and already tested positive in 2014, the Chinese sportsman is hated by a large part of the profession. But Sun Yang remains an icon with the Chinese who love to see him dominate the international competitions, He is also a well-paid sportsman. According to Forbes, he would have won 9 million dollars in 2018, resulting from its sponsors who snapped his mouth angel, despite his bad reputation.
Caught by an authoritarian mother, the swimmer often writes the chronicle. In November 2013, he had caused an accident while driving while driving drunk, earning him a week in prison.
The pedigree of Sun Yang could grow because it risks up to 8 years of suspension, which would end the career of the largest Chinese swimmer in history.