The Swiss Supreme Court which overturned Sun Yang's 8-years doping ban by CAS, explained today in the grounds for the ruling why it ordered a retrial for the Olympic champion, citing anti-Chinese bias related to the killing of dogs for food by one of the judges in the case.
Hostile posts on social media by president Franco Frattini convinced the federal court that the Italian judge should not have decided on the sentence. The federal judges said that the doubts about the referee’s impartiality were objectively justified, but they did not consider the merits of the evidence in the case of Sun Yang.
An appeal was presented after the online news of last May in Frattini's posts. Now CAS has raced against time to rehabilitate or not the Asian liberal style. Federal judges in December postponed the case for a retrial at TAS.
Frattini, a former Italian foreign minister, was excluded from the retrial, which will probably decide whether Sun will be able to compete in the Tokyo Games. "In his tweets, the referee (Frattini, ed) denounces a Chinese practice of slaughtering dogs and denounces the consumption of this meat at a local festival in China.
Some expressions refer to the skin color of some Chinese that it targets."
Katie Ledecky will compete at the next Tokyo Olympics this summer
The young American swimmer will be, together with Caeleb Dressel, the star of American swimming and one of the most anticipated athletes at the Games.
In an interesting interview with People magazine, Katie talked about the Olympics and the season. She said: "You really do get to interact with a lot of athletes at the Olympics, typically. I don't know what it's going to be like next year, but typically you're in the cafeteria with everyone from all over the world So that's kind of just a melting pot of every athlete, every sport, every country.
You do get some instances where you are approached by athletes from other countries, and they want to sit down next to you and talk to you over a meal in the village. I've had a couple of those instances. And you're also riding the bus with the other athletes and you strike up conversations there and you trade pins and all that.
You still really do get the opportunity to meet so many people, especially at events after the Olympics. So whether it's award ceremonies or other events that we're invited to post-Olympics, media events, things like that.
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