FINA clears China's Sun over 'altercation' at worlds

Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:08am EDT
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By Julian Linden

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Swimming's world governing body has cleared Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang of any wrongdoing following complaints over his behavior at this month's world championships in Russia.

FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu told Reuters the altercation that led to a complaint against Sun was the result of overcongestion in the warmup pool in Kazan and did not warrant further action.

"There was a misunderstanding in the pool," Marculescu said.

"In Kazan, we have over 1,000 swimmers, so the preparation pool became very crowded."

The Brazilian Aquatic Sports Federation said it made a formal complaint to FINA about Sun following a confrontation with a Brazilian female competitor during a warm-up session on the last day of the championships.

A Brazilian coach said Sun had tried to kick and elbow Larissa Oliveira after they collided with each other in the warmup pool.

Sun later withdrew from the final of the 1500 meters freestyle, an event he won at the previous world championships and at the London Olympics - and in which he holds the world record - citing a heart problem.

Sun apologized for pulling out of the race but neither he nor the Chinese Swimming Federation commented on the warmup pool incident.   Continued...

Sun Yang of China reacts after winning the men's 800m freestyle final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia August 5, 2015.   REUTERS/Michael Dalder