Chinese swimmer Sun Yang handed Tokyo Olympics lifeline
China's star swimmer Sun Yang, who is fighting to save his career after a doping controversy, has received renewed hope of participating in the Olympics after China said the reigning world champions were eligible for Tokyo.
The Chinese Swimming Federation's announcement came as the three-time Olympic champion was preparing for a new court hearing for refusing to provide a doping sample when testers visited his home in September 2018.
Sun, the 1,500-meter world record holder, won the 200-meter and 400-meter world championships at the 2019 World Championships in South Korea, where he faced protests from fellow swimmers on the podium because of his doping record.
The Chinese Swimming Federation set its terms and conditions for the Olympic Games on Thursday, stating that all gold medalists can participate in the 2019 World Championships.
The 29-year-old is not participating in this week's Chinese championships and Olympic qualifiers in Quingdao, according to Chinese media.
Sun was suspended by the Sports Arbitration Tribunal last February for a maximum of eight years and refused to give samples during a surprise doping test in which a vial of his blood was smashed with a hammer.
However, the Swiss Supreme Court lifted the ban in December in a surprise decision in which it stated that the CAS was guilty of the bias.
Sun will reappear before the sports court May 24-28, just two months before the Tokyo Olympics.
Sun has vehemently protested his innocence in the test matter, claiming the inspectors did not produce any documents to prove their identity.
It wasn't Sun's first doping controversy: He was suspended for three months in 2014 after testing positive for the stimulant trimetazidine. This case was only made public after serving most of the sentence.
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