Ladies and gentlemen, we regret to inform you that swimming star hottie Ning Zetao has been kicked off China’s national swimming team.
Earlier today a memo leaked online from the State General Administration of Sports Management Center of Swimming stating that Ning had been charged with making three violations, and had been expelled from the national team and sent back to the
gulags Chinese Navy swimming team. The notice was dated October 18th, 2016, after the Rio Olympics which Ning took part in.
Ning was charged with failing to obey national team competition rules, refusing to participate in a relay event, and, perhaps most significantly, working as an unauthorized spokesman.
Last year, Ning was nearly kept from participating in the Rio Olympics because of his sponsorship deal with Chinese dairy brand Yili which is a competitor to the national swimming team’s official milk sponsor, China Mengniu Dairy.
Chinese national athletes are not allowed to sign advertising agreements without team approval. In a documentary about Ning’s preparation for the Olympics, the 23-year-old swimmer said that he was suddenly ordered to move out of his apartment in Beiing, had his meal card at the training facility blocked, and had his coach disappear on him, according to a report from Sixth Tone.
Things only got worse in January of this year when he signed yet another unauthorized sponsorship deal, a 10 million yuan one with Adidas, again putting himself in direct conflict with the national swimming team whose official apparel sponsor is 361 Degrees, a domestic competitor of Adidas.
Ning catapulted himself to stardom in 2015 by winning gold in the men’s 100m freestyle at the world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia.
The historic win for the Chinese nation led many to discover that Ning is ridiculously good-looking, resulting in numerous promotional opportunities for the young swimmer.
Unfortunately, Ning disappointed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, finishing in 30th place in the men’s 50m freestyle and 12th place in the men’s 100 meter freestyle.
Sadly, it’s not clear if our boyfriend will ever get a chance to redeem himself.
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