John Coates says Sun Yang has little to complain about in CAS hearing
Coates, the Court of Arbitration for Sport president, says Sun was given a fair hearing and frustrations about language and time frames were the swimmer's responsibility.Sun appeared before CAS in Montreux, Switzerland, over the weekend in an effort to clear his name after the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed a FINA decision not to punish him for smashing a vial of his blood during an out-of-competition test at the end of 2018.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will support the "toughest sanctions" on individuals found to have manipulated data at a Moscow laboratory, as Russia faces the prospect of a global sporting ban.
A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) panel recommended the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be declared non-compliant again over inconsistencies in anti-doping data discovered during an investigation.
WADA's independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended strong sanctions be imposed on Russia, including a four-year ban from competing in and hosting major sporting events.
Russia again faces Olympic ban after non-compliant recommendation
Russia again faces Olympic ban after non-compliant recommendationThe CRC put forward the recommendation after WADA's Intelligence and Investigations Committee found evidence of manipulation of data retrieved from a tainted Moscow laboratory in January.
Russian athletes may once again have to compete as neutrals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and be prevented from competing under their flag at the next Winter Olympics.
WADA's Executive Committee (ExCo) will consider the CRC's recommendation at a specially convened meeting in Paris on December 9.
The IOC said in a statement on Tuesday: "The International Olympic Committee condemns in the strongest terms the actions of those responsible for the manipulation of the Moscow Laboratory data before it was transferred to the World Anti-Doping Agency in January 2019.
"The flagrant manipulation is an attack on the credibility of sport itself and is an insult to the sporting movement worldwide. The IOC will support the toughest sanctions against all of those responsible with the manipulation."
Swimming: Sun Yang's stance on anti-doping testers doesn't wash for Peaty
Swimming: Sun Yang's stance on anti-doping testers doesn't wash for PeatySun, a triple Olympic freestyle champion, told an appeal hearing in Switzerland last week that anti-doping officials who turned up at his home in China in 2018 could not prove their identity.
Based on the investigations, CRC determined that "hundreds" of presumed adverse analytical findings had been removed from a database in a Moscow Laboratory, with underlying raw data and PDF files deleted or altered.
The IOC notes that the CRC report found the "sports movement" had not been involved in any of the manipulation, in particular the Russian Olympic Committee or its members.
If the ExCo endorses the recommended sanctions, Russia can take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Russia qualified for Euro 2020 and the country is due to host fixtures in the tournament, including a quarter-final.
RUSADA was suspended by WADA in November 2015 in the wake of accusations of widespread corruption and state-sponsored doping.
Personal drug use and possession should be decriminalised, former Supreme Court justice argues .
The criminalisation of illicit drugs is causing more harm than good, a prominent former judge says, calling for criminal offences relating to personal drug possession to be abolished. Retired ACT Supreme Court Justice Richard Refshauge is the patron of Directions Health Services that has produced a position paper on the matter."We know that in certain cases it's clear that penalties can reduce illegal behaviour," he said. "In the case of drugs, the evidence is all the other way.