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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Joel Lin
7 years ago

I guess as long as Sun didn’t kick that locker by dolphin kicking on his back it is perfectly ok. He seems to have had a lot of energy to exert all that anger in the locker room considering his heart condition which prevented him from racing.

cyrus
Reply to  Joel Lin
7 years ago

Wow!!! A photo of a wrecked locker and a competing international swimmer – who declined to be named – on, there you go a whole story! Am I watching Fox News?

Alanna
Reply to  cyrus
7 years ago

It’s cute how hard you’re trying to bring politics into this.

NOTHTOLOSE
7 years ago

If you can’t beat him, kill his spirit. Never Fails.

CraigH
7 years ago

Dude was swimming clockwise like I’m Australia where he trains, and everyone else was swimming counter-clockwise. Of course this Brazillian swimmer is the one that is in the wrong when she runs into him, not the other way around. Dude seems to think he’s above all reproach.

luigi
7 years ago
Rick Mears
Reply to  luigi
7 years ago

Interesting and thanks for sharing.

If you do any amount of research on Yang you’ll realize he has a history of altercations and the one in Kazan is just the latest example. FINA isn’t going to ban him and I think it’s also well documented on how corrupt they are.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/10/us-swimming-world-sun-idUSKCN0QF04C20150810

Joel Lin
7 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
7 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.

MINDY
7 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
7 years ago

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

anonymus
Reply to  sven
7 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
7 years ago

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

Swimmer
7 years ago

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

Joel Lin
7 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.

Reply to  Joel Lin
7 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
7 years ago

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

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  Joel Lin
7 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
7 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.

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