Rick Sterling

Rick Sterling is a retired aerospace engineer who is now an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes about international issues. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Why is the Top Chinese Swimmer not at the Tokyo Olympics? How Sun Yang was eliminated

Introduction  Why is the all-time greatest Chinese swimmer Sun Yang not at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? The short answer is that he has been banned from competitive swimming for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He has been banned for four years not for doping, but for...


Court of Arbitration for Sport fails again in Sun Yang case

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hold its second hearing into a case involving the Chinese swimmer Sun Yang Sports this week, from 25-27 May. The ruling of the first Panel was overturned by the Swiss Supreme Court (Swiss Federal Tribunal) because it was conclusively demonstrated the...


There is more to the Sun Yang case than racist tweets

In late December 2020, the Swiss Supreme Court rocked the international sports world by overturning an eight year ban issued to Chinese swimming superstar Sun Yang. Earlier, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had upheld an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against an international swimming federation...


Why the Sun Yang decision should be overturned

• WARNING – this article features tweets containing images involving animal cruelty. Introduction One of the world’s all time top swimmers, Sun Yang of China, has filed an appeal to overturn the decision banning him from competition for eight years. That decision was made by the Court of Arbitration...


Chinese swimmer Sun Yang is being falsely punished

Sun Yang is an Olympic Gold medalist and world record holding swimmer. He was recently ruled to be guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) and banned from competing for eight years. Unless his appeal to overturn the decision is successful, this will end the swimming career of the...


Could OAR positives at PyeongChang 2018 be due to ulterior motives?

There is something very fishy about the Anti Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) pinned on the Russian curler and bobsledder during the final week of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. It makes no logical sense that an athlete would consume a chemical that is of no value in circumstances where...

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