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.”