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Olympic champion Sun Yang has ban lifted, splits with long-time coach

English.news.cn   2014-04-24 20:57:04

HANGZHOU, Zhejiang Province, April 24 (Xinhua) -- London Olympic champion Sun Yang has all the ban lifted Thursday and will be trained under former Chinese head coach Zhang Yadong as his long-term coach Zhu Zhigen resigned due to health reasons.

Both the Chinese swimming national team and the Zhejiang College of Sports lifted Sun's ban of competition and endorsement Thursday, and the college had allowed the super star back to training on March 19.

Sun had been banned from training, competition and commercial events by the national team and the Zhejiang College of Sports after he was detained by police for driving without a license in November last year.

"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," said a news release from the college.

Shang Xiutang, deputy head of the Chinese Swimming Administrative Center (CSAC), hopes Sun can achieve good results in the upcoming National Championships in May as well as the Asian Games in September.

"Sun is preparing for National Championships next month where he will take part in the 200m, 400m and 1,500m freestyle," said Shang. "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."

Shang also said that Sun will be trained under Zhang Yadong till the end of the Asian Games. Zhang was the coach of former Olympic champion Luo Xuejuan in women's breaststroke.

Zhu, Sun's 10-year guidance, resigned as Sun's coach and went back to Hangzhou to take medical treatment. But he is still the coach of some Zhejiang swimmers such as Shao Yiwen and Wang Shun.

With Zhu's help, Sun grew from a swimmer with raw talent to China's first-ever male swimming Olympic champion in London Games in 2012. He won the world titles in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m freestyle in 2013, becoming the first-ever Chinese to be named world best male swimmer by the sport's world governing body FINA.

Sun had parted ways with Zhu in 2013 but the two went back together after the World Championships.

Editor: Shen Qing
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