Chinese World Record-holder Sun Yang is reportedly still training in Australia, according to NBN News, though Swimming Australia and Sun’s former coach Denis Cotterell have publicly cut ties with him.
The latest media whirlwind involving Sun revolves around a doping ban that he served over the summer. The Olympic gold medalist tested positive for a banned substance and served a three-month suspension over the summer, though his suspension wasn’t officially announced until last month.
When Australia, Sun’s training home-base, heard about the suspension, they officially tightened rules regarding foreign athletes training at their excellence training centers, according to SwimVortex.com. That move cut Sun out, and Swimming Australia made their intentions even more clear by publicly announcing that Sun was no longer welcome at their official training centers, and ordering his former coach, Denis Cotterell, to sever ties with Sun.
That doesn’t mean Sun is banned from training at different locations within the country, though, and it appears the distance specialist has found a way to continue his swimming career in the Land Down Under, at least for the time being. Australian news source NBN News reports that Sun is still training on the Gold Coast, using the public lane at Palm Beach Currumbin, and is training with former Miami assistant Brian King.