Drama in the Olympics!
Talk about poor sportsmanship. Australia has refused to apologize after an Olympic swimmer accused China’s Sun Yang of being a “drug cheat.”
After beating Sun by a mere .16 of a second to win the 400m freestyle gold, Mack Horton characterized his win as one “for the good guys.”
Horton has a history of substance abuse, and therefore served a three-month ban prior to the race.
An Australian representative firmly claimed Horton “has every right to express his views and displeasure. We have no intention of making an apology.”
This brutal comment caused Sun to break down in the post-race press conference, accusing Horton of purposely trying to put him down.
Obviously after every serious event, social media comes along, hence the viral hashtag “Sun Yang Don’t Cry.” The public commented on the photos and demanded that Horton apologize to Sun.
Surprisingly enough, Australian medalists backed up Horton as well, including gold medalist trap shooter Catherine Skinner, Maddison Keeney and Annabelle Smith.
Keeney claimed “I’m all for clean sport. Everyone should have an equal playing field, I support Mack. I’m with him all the way.”
Global Times responded by saying in an official editorial that, while it was unsurprising, Australians were unwilling to “discipline” a recent gold medalist.
“Horton and his backers represent the dark side of Australian society, and it is time for us to look at the bright side of the Olympic Games,” the editorial said. “This trifling botheration won’t ruin our beautiful memories of this grand event.”