Sun Yang may be back to training soon, says top swimming official

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China’s Olympic champion Sun Yang, who has been suspended indefinitely following a recent detention for driving without a licence, could return to national team training “soon”, said a top swimming official.

“We need to watch Sun Yang for a period of time. If he behaves well, it may not take a long time to allow him back to training at the national team,” Shang Xiutang, deputy head of the Chinese Swimming Administrative Center (CSAC), told reporters here on Friday.

But Shang refused to give a timetable on Sun’s return.

“If the suspension period is too short, he won’t draw lessons from it; but if it takes too long, it won’t be good for his sporting career,” he said.

Sun Yang and Pál Joensen before the Shanghai 2011 men's 800 freestyle

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