Japan Today-- INCHEON —China’s Sun Yang apologized for calling Japan’s national anthem “ugly” Friday.
The Olympic champion called his comment, made to Chinese journalists in Incheon, a misunderstanding after he starred on the final night in the pool alongside teammate Ye Shiwen.
“About the anthem, I’m sorry that some media reported that,” Olympic champion Sun told reporters after defending his 1,500 meters freestyle title.
“Maybe there was some misunderstanding about that. I don’t really know about other countries’ anthems,” he added. “But every swimmer wants to listen to their own national anthem.”
Japan’s swimmers and officials had refused to get drawn into a political row. The team’s head coach said there had been “no signs of agitation or annoyance” at Sun’s remarks.
combinibentoSEP. 27, 2014 - 07:05AM JSTHe didn't apologize for it, he said he was sorry the media reported it. Two very different things.