FINA Says No Further Action Required in Sun Yang Altercation

Hahahahaha In a shocking twist events at the 2015 FINA World Championships, Chinese Olympian Sun Yang was a no-show for the men’s 1500m final.  We later found out that Sun Yang withdrew from the final due to a heart condition, but there was another surprising situation that arose from that same day.

Earlier at warm-ups on that last day of the World Championships finals, as we reported at the time, Sun Yang was involved in a physical altercation with Brazilian swimmer Larissa Oliveira.  The Brazilian coaching staff reported seeing Sun trying to kick and elbow Oliveira after a collision in the warm-up pool during prelims.  Heated words were exchanged among multiple parties after the incident.

Regarding this altercation and Brazil’s subsequent formal complaint to FINA, that organization’s Executive Director, Cornel Marculescu told Reuters today that the situation between Sun and Oliveira was “due to over congestion and a misunderstanding in the warm up pool” and the situation did not warrant further action.”  Additionally, “in Kazan, we have over 1,000 swimmers, so the preparation pool became very crowded”, said Marculescu.

In response to the surprising empty lane in finals, Marculescu commented, “We discussed it with the (Chinese) delegation and the federation and finally with him and he said it was some health problem. His coach was also debating with him, a little bit stronger, to make him swim but he said he can’t.”  Marculescu added, “He’s a great star, he’s a great swimmer. But with the young people, you never know.”

Sun Yang and the Chinese swimming federation issued an apology for withdrawing from the 1500m final, but have yet to comment on the warm-up pool quarrel.

 

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Markster
6 years ago

It’s weird that pirates would go shore to shore looking for buried treasure when the real treasure was in the friendships they were making.

Definitely Not Sun Yang
Reply to  Markster
6 years ago

Um, my grandfather was a pirate and I really don’t appreciate your cavalier tone towards this subject.

NAS
6 years ago

Now I’m even more confused. The Brazilian coach said in interview they DID NOT made a formal complaint cause it was a minor issue so it wasn’t necessary. And Sun Yang said with his own mouth in an interview for a Chinese TV that the Chinese DID opened a formal complaint. Why don’t they simply put security cameras around the area to avoid those type of things? What about the discussion reported between the Chinese Athletes inside locker room? And the smashed locker? I don’t think we will ever know exactly what happened.

Years of Plain Suck
6 years ago

With many thousands of people already qualified for 2916 US Olympic Trials, I wonder how many similar incidents will take place in the warmup areas next year in Omaha. Should be quite a zoo.

Off-topic: I hope everyone watching Jrs Championships is noticing that the YELLOW LANE LINES in the middle lanes make it easier to follow the action (especially in a 10-lane pool).
Cc: US Swimming.

Pvdh
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
6 years ago

I’m willing to bet a lot will happen in the next 901 years.

Years of Plain Suck
Reply to  Pvdh
6 years ago

In the next 901 years? My guess is that by then the breaststroke will once again have evolved into the butterfly (with multiple dolphin kicks off the wall), and there will be no under waters allowed in backstroke. Also, Juniors will be allowed no more than two events per day. And, US Swimming will still be using identically-colored lane lines at big meets (“it worked in the 1950s, why not now?”).

I think warmups at the 2016 US Trials will also be crowded. 🙂

PHELPS SWIMS 200 BREAST RIO
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
6 years ago

And Ledecky will still hold the WR for the 400, 800, 1500.

Joel Lin
6 years ago

I recall earlier reports that this was on the last day of competition when many athletes / teams had already left Kazan. There was also a report that the Brazilian team was done competing at the event, but had some athletes still straggling in for workouts to prepare for their meet at home the next week.

Overcrowded warm up pool?!? Sure, there were 1,000 athletes in Kazan. On this final evening fewer than 50 were still competing and it sounds like a decent percentage of the athletes who competed were already gone from the venue.

Love the way FINA just skipped over Sun’s DNS in the 1,500 final. Sun hurried back to see some doctors about his heart… Read more »

PK
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

To be fair here, there were at least 100+ athletes who had to warm up that day-the 8 relays alone for men and women count for 64 athletes by themselves. But still, this should be one of the smallest warmup sessions of the whole meet.

Joel Lin
6 years ago

And it is called a warm up pool Cornel, not a preparation pool.

At the very least get some swimming terminology correct considering you’re back is likely hurting from carrying cash all the way to your bank to monitor this sport.

God, we all deserve better than this clown act.

Hulk Swim
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

I’m no linguistics expert, but my guess is that in most languages the translation is closer to “preparation” than “warm up”.

luigi
Reply to  Hulk Swim
6 years ago

you can count Italian off, it’s literally warm-up pool

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

Not a big fan of FINA, but please show a little respect to those whose native tongue is not English. Looking at your last name, if that’s your real name, you probably have immediate family members who are not 100% proficient in English. Given the primary function of the pool is for warm-up and cool-down, “preparation pool” is not too bad a translation.

Joel Lin
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
6 years ago

Come on, that is nuts. Warm up pool is a swimming term, not me going on all pedantic. Maybe Cornel is compensating for things to have his own fancier sounding terms when he goes to sell events to royalty around the world. Preparation pool sounds like something a man who was sentenced to do time at a British boarding school for boys would say.

Instead of starting blocks, I could write pool entry devices, instead of lane lines I could call them the lane barriers. Nobody would be real confused about what I am referring to, but I’d certainly come off sounding like an elitist cad or just someone who was watching a meet for the first time and… Read more »

Swimmer
6 years ago

Is there anything Fina won’t clear him of?! He seems to have a free pass…

MINDY
6 years ago

And Phelps get banned for how long for getting caught drinking. If an American had “bumped” someone the whole team would be banned from Rio.

sven
Reply to  MINDY
6 years ago

Correct me if I’m wrong, but my understanding is that USA Swimming, not FINA, banned Phelps.

anonymus
Reply to  sven
6 years ago

exactly, furthermore marculescu even wanted phelps to compete and he somehow could have if he wanted but he wouldnt have represented usa then

NDB
Reply to  MINDY
6 years ago

Not for drinking…drunk driving. There is a big difference there.

Joel Lin
6 years ago

I recall that FINA wanted to invite Mike as an independent entrant not from any country but as a swimming ambassador. MP has too much class and dignity to do anything like that, but if you think about it that could have been really funny in a FINA kind of way.

The Olympics needs to add a FINA event. 50 meters underwater with gold bricks duct taped to bodies with neon pained advertisments for Yukult and Gatorade. Points added if the gold bricks stay dry before being airlifted onto a helicopter to be retired into a private bank vault in Zurich. That would be awesome.

Rick Mears
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

Yes, FINA isn’t going to keep an A-lister from swimming if they can help it and based on the past year I think they’ve looked the other way a few times on Yang.

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