In November Olympic and World Champion Sun Yang was suspended from all competition and any commercial activity after being caught driving without a license. It was announced just over a week ago that Sun would be returning to competition at the Chinese National Championships in May and today according to Xinhuanet.com all suspensions have been lifted.
The Zhejiang College of Sports, where Sun trains and enforced the suspension released the following statement, “Sun has been following the regulations and well behaved in the past month. So the college decided to lift the ban and allow him back to commercial events.”
“Sun is preparing for National Championships next month where he will take part in the 200m, 400m and 1,500m freestyle,” said Shang Xiutang the deputy Head of the Chinese Swimming Administration Center.
“He has some injuries and is lack of systematic training, but we still hope he can get good results, especially in the Asian Games when competing with arch rival Park Tae-Hwan.”
The timing is of the end of the suspension is by no means a surprise since the Sun’s absence at the the Chinese National Championships and subsequently the Asian Games would greatly effect China’s results in a negative way.
It was also not a huge surprise when it was announced that the partnership between Sun and his long time coach Zhu Zhigen has ended. Officially Zhu has resigned from coaching Sun due to health concerns, but will stay on as the coach of Shao Yiwen and Wang Shun.
The relationship between Sun and Zhu has been rocky for a while. After a disagreement, that became very public in February of 2013, Sun stopped training under Zhu for a short period of time.
Sun will now be coached by former Chinese Head Coach Zhang Yadong, who previously coached Luo Xuejuan, until the Asian Games. It is unclear who will coach Sun after this point or if and how long he will train under the watch of Dennis Cotterell in Australia, something he has done extensively in the past.