MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — China’s star swimmer Sun Yang is preparing to give evidence in a landmark public hearing where he risks being banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Sun is the first witness scheduled to speak at 9.15am Swiss time (0815 GMT) in a rare Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) appeal hearing held in open session before media and public observers.
The three-time Olympic champion’s hearing is expected to last more than 11 hours. A verdict from three CAS judges is unlikely this year.
The appeal case was brought by the World Anti-Doping Agency. It centres on Sun’s right to refuse cooperation with three anti-doping officials who tried to take blood and urine samples at his home in China last year.
A security guard instructed by Sun’s mother used a hammer to smash a box containing a vial of his blood during a late-night dispute after the swimmer questioned the collection team’s credentials.