China Olympian Caught Driving Without License
    2013-11-04 10:20:23     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xing Yihang
Chinese Olympic swimmer, Sun Yang, apologized on Monday via his microblogging account after he was caught driving without a license in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province.

The picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows the SUV of Olympic champion Sun Yang's, which he scraped against a bus while driving without a license in Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province. [Photo: Sports.ifeng.com]

The picture, taken on November 3, 2013 shows the name of China's Olympic champion, Sun Yang, appearing in a piece of confirmation paper for a traffic accident. The athlete scraped his SUV against a bus while driving without a license in Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province. [Photo: Sports.ifeng.com]

Chinese Olympic swimmer, Sun Yang, apologized on Monday via his microblogging account after he was caught driving without a license in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province.

Local traffic officers reported that Sun scraped his SUV against a city bus around 2:10 p.m. on Sunday; after authorities arrived at the scene, it was discovered that the athlete was driving his vehicle without a license.

Sun posted an apology for his misconduct on Weibo, China's twitter-like microblog site. The Olympian said that, although he made the mistake because of being concentrated on training, he needs to be more aware of his behavior as a role-model and celebrated sportsman. He added that he hoped the public would give him a second chance.

After the incident, Sun's training facility, Zhejiang College of Sports, issued a statement supporting the officer's decision to punish Sun for his breaking the law and they would do more to manage their athletes and educate them on the laws in the future.

Sun won the 400m and 1500m free at the 2012 London Olympic Games and won gold medals in men's 400m, 800m and 1500ms freestyle at the 2013 World Swimming Championships.

According to traffic laws in China, driving without license carries a penalty of a 200 to 2000 yuan fine (33 to 330 US dollars) with the possibility of detention for no more than 15 days.

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