Chinese swimmer Sun Yang's doping case heads to court
China's Sun Yang reacts after winning the men's 1500m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:50AM EDT
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - A doping case involving Chinese swimmer Sun Yang is going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
CAS says the World Anti-Doping Agency has appealed against a decision by swimming's governing body to only give the three-time Olympic champion a warning in a case involving the destruction of a doping control sample.
CAS has not set a date for the hearing.
British newspaper the Sunday Times reported incidents involving Sun when a doping control official visited his home in China last September. A vial of Sun's blood was reportedly smashed with a hammer, and his entourage disputed the official's credentials.
The 27-year-old Sun served a three-month ban in 2014 for testing positive for a substance then classed as a stimulant. Sun would face a more severe sanction for a second offence, including a possible ban from the Tokyo Olympics.