China Swim King Sun Yang Bashes Japan’s ‘Ugly’ National Anthem


China’s controversial swimming superstar Sun Yang has taken a potshot at rival Japan’s national anthem at the Asian Games, describing it as “ugly”.

The double Olympic champion told Chinese media he had taken great pleasure in helping the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay team beat the Japanese on Wednesday. He then indulged in a spot of diplomatic jousting.

“The Chinese let their anger out tonight,” he is heard as saying on a Chinese-language audio passed to AFP.

“Honestly speaking the Japanese national anthem sounds ugly.”


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