China’s Sun Yang with his gold medal after winning the 200m freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP China’s Sun Yang with his gold medal after winning the 200m freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP
China’s Sun Yang with his gold medal after winning the 200m freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP
Sun Yang

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Sun Yang: why is China’s star swimmer missing Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

  • Triple Olympic champion banned until May 2024 following contested doping test in September 2018, with many twists along the way
  • Swimming superstar had 2019’s eight-year ban overturned but is set to miss Tokyo 2020 Games and next year’s Asian Games

China’s Sun Yang with his gold medal after winning the 200m freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP China’s Sun Yang with his gold medal after winning the 200m freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP
China’s Sun Yang with his gold medal after winning the 200m freestyle at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: AFP
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