Sun Yang Says He Is Not Retired, Training Every Day In Paris Pursuit

Chinese Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang is in the midst of serving a four-year suspension which is due to be lifted in May 2024. That leaves the door open for the 31-year-old freestyle specialist to potentially compete at the next Olympic Games set for Paris next summer.

With that in mind, Sun reiterated to his fans recently that he has not retired and is indeed training on a regular basis.

“I have not retired and still insist on swimming training every day,” Sun recently told Asian media.

While Sun is allowed to train, he cannot do so with a professional program or with other Chinese-sponsored athletes, nor can he train at a sports facility that is funded by the Chinese government.

“I have never said to the outside world that I am retired or not swimming. I have always believed that using my body and ability to do what I have to do and always be ready is my current state of mind. The most important thing about a person’s talent is to play well and make good use of it. When I learned the result that day, I was with the team, and I said that I wanted everyone to continue to support me, four years is not long, I want to stick with it.” (Teller Report)

“If a person can’t even do self-discipline, then he can’t succeed, which is the hardest thing in life, and it’s the same in life.” I was able to do it.”

The fact that Sun would be 32 at the time of Paris 2024 doesn’t bother the freestyle specialist.

“In the long run, I am not old, and I still have the physical ability, and I can last a few more years. A lot of athletes are role models for me, tennis players and NBA players, like [Lebron] James is 38 years old, right, and he can still play very well.”

Sun still owns the men’s LCM 1500 freestyle World Record with the 14:31.02 he produced for gold at the 2012 Olympic Games. He also topped the men’s 400m free there in London while snagging silver in the 200m free and bronze as a member of the Chinese men’s 4x200m free relay.

In Rio 4 years later, Sun clinched 200m free gold and also grabbed silver in the 400m free behind outspoken Aussie gold medalist Mack Horton.

You can review how Sun Yang‘s doping suspension unfolded via our past articles:

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John26
9 months ago

Hope he’s been working on his starts and turns. Those were glaring weaknesses in the first half of his career and improving those would bring him forward a lot

JVW
9 months ago

While Sun is allowed to train, he cannot do so with a professional program or with other Chinese-sponsored athletes, nor can he train at a sports facility that is funded by the Chinese government.

Are there any privately owned long course pools in China? Would Australia let Sun train there again, or have they too grown tired of his act?

Draft chase
9 months ago

Been doing 80k a week since suspended. Love how he breaths 3 off every wall and I saw him do 5 off the wall in 2019 in gwanju

Troyy
9 months ago

If he gets back near his best in the 200 the Chinese 4×2 is gonna be really strong by Paris.

Juan Cena
9 months ago

He and Katie Grimes won’t taper until Paris

Octavio Gupta
9 months ago

Sun Yang is the GOAT. Comeback tour in full effect! Prove the haters wrong, Sun!!

PBJSwimming
9 months ago

Cool story bro!

Fiuk
9 months ago

Backo to Milako: the boys are pissed that he abandonded the relay, last minute

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Fiuk
9 months ago

Better than mid-meet.

Brigi
Reply to  Fiuk
9 months ago

No, they are not pissed, they support him

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