Top 5 Sporting Moments of the Week:
5. Lionel Messi becomes the first player in history to record 1,000 score involvements for club and country
4. Mercedes once again look like the team to beat after a dominant performance in the Formula One’s pre-season testing
3. The New Zealand Test team whitewash India, with Virat Kohli failing to pass 20 in any of his 4 innings
2. NBA All-Star game exceeds expectations and puts on a show for fans
1. Tyson Fury defeats Deontay Wilder in the 7th round of their much-anticipated heavyweight rematch
Feature Article: The End for Sun Yang
Sun Yang has been a controversial figure for several years. After being found guilty of using a stimulant in 2014, his second offence gave rise to many different reactions. This included the iconic moment in the 2019 World Championships where fellow swimmer and Australia Mack Horton refused to share the podium with Yang.
However, this recent conviction looks to spell the end of Sun Yang’s career. The Court of Arbitration for Sport banned the Chinese star for his role in tampering with a doping scandal. He was banned for 8 years, all but certainly signalling the end of his career.
The ruling stated that Sun tampered with the sample and failed to establish that he had a compelling justification for destroying the sample collection containers. This is the correct decision and will hopefully set a vital precedent regarding cheating in the swimming community.
The words of Mack Horton perfectly summarise the Sun Yang debacle. When confronted about the ruling, he calmly stated, “My stance has always been for clean sport. It is not, and never will be about individuals or nations. Today’s outcome does not change my stance.” Horton’s words are powerful and should be utilised as the swimming community moves forward.
Cheating has nothing to do with race, gender, religion or origin. However, cheating has no place in sport, and we must ensure that adequate punishment is provided as a deterrent to others.
Next week in sport:
- Champions League Round of 16, second leg matches
- More action in the Women’s T20 World Cup