Sun Yang Will Perform During China’s National TV 2020 New Year’s Celebration

Correction: a previous version of this article indicated that the video below was from this year’s celebration, when, in fact, it is last year’s. Sun will appear on the show again this year, but we don’t yet know if it will be to sing or in some other capacity.

Sun Yang will again perform at the 2020 Chinese New Years celebration. We won’t know the nature of the performance until January 26th, the day after the Chinese New Year, when the show will air. He recorded a segment as part of China’s Central China Television (CCTV) national celebration preparations.

Further highlighting the swimmer’s popularity in his native China, Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang performed at the 2019 official New Year’s Day celebration on China’s Central China Television (CCTV) as well. During the massive celebrity-filled party, Sun sang a song called “Swimming Song,” which would be aired on January 2nd nationwide.

The new year marks celebration and the imminence of a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding Sun Yang‘s future in the sport of swimming. The CAS, which has set “mid-January” as the earliest to expect a decision in the case, last year heard an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) regarding a FINA Anti-Doping Panel decision to not suspend Sun after Sun’s entourage was accused of smashing a vial of his blood during a sample collection in late 2018. Sun’s camp says that the testers did not have proper paperwork identifying themselves or validating their sample collection mandate, and that one of the collectors was untrained and caught taking secret photos of Sun during the collection.

Sun had a previous 3-month suspension for taking a banned substance, and so a 2nd ruling against him could result in a lifetime ban.

The 28-year old Sun is the owner of 6 Olympic medals, including 3 individual golds and 2 individual silvers. He also has 17 career World Championships in long course, most recently winning gold in the 200 and 400 freestyles at the 2019 championships in Gwangju, South Korea. That marked a 4th-straight title in the 400 free.

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This is the cheesiest thing I’ve ever seen! And I know cheese!!!


“….I’d hammer in the morning, I’d hammer in the evening, All over this land….”


2020 song of the summer?!?

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