China’s controversial Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang will probably compete in four events at the world championships starting in Russia this week, a report said Monday, a year after a secret three-month doping ban.
Sun, a triple gold medalist at the 2013 Barcelona worlds, is expected to line up in the 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle at the Kazan World Championships, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Despite being a national sporting hero, Sun has had several brushes with authority and earned a wild reputation.
China belatedly revealed in November that Sun served a three-month doping ban before last year’s Asian Games.
The 1,500 meter world record-holder won three gold medals in Incheon in September after serving the previously unannounced ban. The failure was blamed on medicine for heart palpitations.
The 23-year-old was also banned from swimming for six months and briefly jailed for driving without a license in 2013, which was discovered after his Porsche was hit by a bus.