Chinese swim star/bad boy Sun Yang made a not-so-subtle dig at Japan while speaking with media at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on Wednesday when he called the rivaling country’s national anthem “ugly”.
“The Chinese let their anger out tonight,” the Olympic gold medalist told Chinese media after helping his team win the 4x100m free relay over Japan, according to AFP. “Honestly speaking, the Japanese national anthem sounds ugly.”
Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who defeated Sun in the 200m last weekend (Sun blamed a thumb injury for the upset), chose to take the high road when responding to the statement.
“I didn’t hear what he said so it’s hard to comment,” he said. “But first and foremost we’re all athletes and we have to respect each other. We also have to show human values so hopefully we can continue to compete in that atmosphere.”
The swimming champion stirred up controversy last November when he was detained on the charge of driving without a license after the Porsche Cayenne he was cruising in got “involved in a collision” with a bus.
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