Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang detained for seven days after driving without licence


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China’s Olympic gold medallist Sun Yang could face up to 15 days in detention after he was caught driving without a licence yesterday.

Yang was involved in a car accident in Hangzhou on Sunday afternoon when a bus collided with his Porsche Cayenne, which he claimed he had borrowed from a relative.

When asked by Hangzhou officials, the 21-year-old was unable to provide a valid driving licence and consequently faces a fine between 200 (£20/$33/€24) and 2000 yuan (£200/$328/€243) and up to 15 days in detention.

“After looking into the system, we did not find any record of his licence,” said a Hangzhou official.

“Sun admitted he did not have one.”

Sun Yang on top of the BCN2013 men's 1500 free podium

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