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Despite having finished his seven-day detention for driving without a license, China’s Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang remains the center of controversy.
Sun’s relationship with teammates was questioned this time as a local newspaper reported on Nov 17 that the 400m and 1,500m freestyle Olympic champion has become a supercilious athlete after winning fame and fortune with elite results.
“He’s always coming and leaving alone unlike others who stay together. And he almost has no friends on the team,” an athlete of the Chinese national swimming squad was quoted anonymously by Southern Metropolis Daily as saying.
“Before building his name in 2010, he used to be an easy-going guy who kept close bonds with us. But after improving his performance and winning the World Championships and Olympics, he’s become an arrogant person, who barely talks with us,” said the athlete.
According to the report, Sun also showed no respect to some veteran swimmers such as Zhang Lin and Wu Peng, who used to perform better than him at international events.