Chinese swimmer Sun Yang's 2020 Olympic hopes on the line at CAS court hearing
Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang's place in the 2020 Tokyo Games hinges on an appeal by WADA to overturn a decision by swimming's governing body FINA to clear Sun of wrongdoing during a random drug test.
SHOWS: MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND (NOVEMBER 15, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
VARIOUS OF CHINESE SWIMMER, SUN YANG ARRIVING AT COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS) HEARING 2.
SUN AND HIS LEGAL TEAM STANDING BEFORE HEARING STARTS 3.
CAS PANEL OF ARBITRATORS STANDING BEFORE HEARING STARTS 4.
PEOPLE AND MEDIA ATTENDING HEARING 5.
PARTIES SEATED BEFORE HEARING STARTS 6.
SUN STANDING 7.
CAS ARBITRATORS AND WADA REPRESENTATIVES 8.
CO-ARBITRATOR OF THE PANEL, ROMANO SUBIOTTO, AND PRESIDENT OF THE PANEL, FRANCO FRATTINI PREPARING FOR HEARING 9.
SUN SUPPORTER TAKING PHOTOS AND SMILING 10.
SUN AND HIS LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE, IAN MEAKIN, SMILING AND CHATTING 11.
SUN SUPPORTER WATCHING 12.
CLOSE-UP OF SUN CHATTING TO MEAKIN AND SMILING 13.
WITH OF SUN AND HIS TEAM 14.
CAS SECRETARY GENERAL, MATTHIEU REEB, TALKING TO PARTIES BEFORE HEARING 15.
VARIOUS OF HEARING 16.
MEAKIN CHATTING WITH SUN, SUN NODDING 17.
WIDE OF MEDIA AND PEOPLE ATTENDING HEARING 18.
VARIOUS OF FILES 19.
DOORS OF THE HEARING ROOM AT THE CONFERENCE CENTRE BEING CLOSED MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND (NOVEMBER 15, 2019) (CAS - ACCESS ALL) 20.
REEB TALKING 21.
TOP SHOT OF THE HEARING AND SUN WALKING TO THE TABLE 22.
SUN SEATED AND PREPARING FOR A STATEMENT MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND (NOVEMBER 15, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 23.
MEDIA WORKING ROOM AT CONFERENCE CENTRE OF THE FAIRMONT LE MONTREUX PALACE 24.
VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF MONTREUX PALACE WHERE HEARING IS TAKING PLACE STORY: China's multiple world and Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang arrived for a rare public hearing in Montreux on Friday (November 15) with his 2020 Tokyo Games place at stake.
In a break from usual procedure, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is holding a public hearing of the appeal filed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against Sun and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA).
WADA has appealed to CAS against a decision by swimming's governing body FINA to clear Sun of wrongdoing during a random drug test in September 2018.
Documents leaked to the media have revealed that Sun questioned the credentials of the testers before members of his entourage smashed the vials containing his blood samples with a hammer.
The 27-year-old has denied any wrongdoing.
Sun competed in July's world championships in South Korea under the shadow of the WADA appeal and three rivals snubbed him after races, by either refusing to shake his hand or join him on the podium.
Other swimmers publicly backed the protests but Sun said he had acted in the "interests of all athletes" and been subjected to "insults and slander".
Sun's lawyers said that he wanted a public hearing to clear his name.
Sun served a three-month doping suspension in 2014 for taking the stimulant trimetazidine, which he said he took to treat a heart condition.
The substance had been banned a few months before Sun failed the test.
A second doping violation would inevitably bring a harsher sanction and could rule him out of next year's Tokyo Olympics.
(Production: Marina Depetris, Iain Axon, Ursa Presern)