Chinese swimming superstar Sun Yang was involved in a car accident earlier today. According to Global Times the accident happened at 2:10 pm when the Porsche Cayenne that Sun was driving was brushed by a bus at an intersection in Hangzhou.
In a report that the media agency confirmed with Zhejiang College of Sports, where Sun trains, this was not an uncommon occurrence at the particular intersection where the bus turned left to avoid traffic, but in this instance struck the swimmer’s car.
No one was hurt in the minor accident and it may not have even been reported by the press if it weren’t for Sun driving without a license. In China the fine for driving without a license is 200 yuan ($32.78) to 2,000 yuan, and it can also result in detention of up to 15 days.
The Zhejiang College of Sports would not comment on the incident saying that the police would issue details and a later date.
For Sun this is another minor event that has brought him extremely negative attention in China.
Since the 2012 Olympics he has been criticized for his dedication training, his choice in girlfriends which were some of the issues that resulted in him firing his long time coach Zhu Zhigen. Because of his disagreements with his coach and the Zhejiang College of Sports in February Sun was no longer allowed to take part in commercial activities and had a month’s training allowance withheld.