As a wax replica of Sun Yang, the first Chinese man to win Olympic gold, was being unveiled at the Madame Tussauds Museum in Shanghai, the real Sun Yang found himself in hot water.
It was reported in by Xinhua that the swimming star will be punished by the Zhejiang College of Sports for conduct that went against a several team rules.
It appears that Sun and his long time coach Zhu Zhigen had an argument about the Olympic champion’s recent behaviour. Zhu did not approve of Sun’s publicized love affair with an air hostess and was upset with Sun’s increased commitment to his sponsors which has detracted from his training, so much so that he has not followed “systematic” training for the last 40 days.
It has also been reported that Sun had asked for Zhu to be replaced after an argument about his training regime.
Zhu and Sun were scheduled to leave for Australia to continue training with Denis Cotterell, but because of the swimmers lack of dedication the trip has been postponed.
Sun has been fined a month’s training allowance and has also been temporarily suspended from all commercial activities.
“This place is for good athletes, not for the athletes with privilege,” Li Jianshe, the college dean, told Xinhua. “Although Sun Yang has realized what was wrong with him and he promised to put it right, we have to punish him as everyone is equal when it comes to rules.”
Sun did make an attempt to apologize to his coach directly, but was not allowed to see Zhu who has recently been hospitalized due to high blood pressure and a thyroid nodule.