Earlier this week we reported how Chinese superstar and reigning 200m free Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang will officially not be competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The 29-year-old has been handed a new ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that will last for 4 years and 3 months and run through May of 2024, with the end date just prior to the Paris 2024 Games.
Get up to speed with the earlier story in full here.
Sun will be 32 years of age when Paris rolls around and the man has told state-run Chinese online news source The Paper that he intends on competing.
“Actually my body is in great physical condition,” Sun said. “Difficulties will only help me grow and make me stronger.” He also said, “I’ll definitely stick with it.”
In addition to acquiring just short of a dozen World Championships titles, Sun has amassed multiple Olympic medals, including 400m free and 1500m free gold, along with 200m free silver from the 2012 Olympic Games. There in London, he became China’s first-ever swimming male Olympic gold medalist.
Sun also took home the 200m free Olympic title paired with 400m free silver in Rio 5 years ago.