China's Sun Yang to be detained after car crash

Mon Nov 4, 2013 5:15am EST
 
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By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Olympics swimming champion Sun Yang will spend seven days in detention, state media said on Monday, after a car he was driving without a license collided with a bus in the latest incident to taint the reputation of the world record holder.

Sun was not injured in the Sunday afternoon accident in the eastern city of Hangzhou, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Police have given him seven days of "administrative detention" - which means he will be held in a detention center - and an unspecified fine, Xinhua said, citing Hangzhou police. It provided no other details.

Olympic champion in London last year at the 400 and 1500 meter freestyle events, Sun had earlier taken to his Sina Weibo microblog to say sorry.

"I should have been a role model as an athlete and a public figure but I failed my responsibility," he wrote on the popular Twitter-like platform.

"I am deeply sorry for what I have done and will reflect on my behavior. Because I have been focusing on training and competition, I had only a hazy knowledge of the law, which led to my mistake," he added.

"After this incident, I will strengthened my knowledge and study of the law to prevent such a thing from happening again. I hope that everyone will take this as a warning and give me an opportunity to correct my mistake."

Xinhua reported that Sun was driving a Porsche Cayenne SUV he said he had borrowed from a relative when a bus hit him from behind.   Continued...

 
China's Sun Yang reacts after the men's 1500m freestyle heats during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona in this August 3, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/Files