China's former No 1 distance runner Sun Yingjie split from her
former coach Wang Dexian after he allegedly whipped her with a
belt, leaving serious scars.
The 2003 World Championships bronze medallist of women's 10,000m
made claims on CCTV on Tuesday.
Sun, 27, is currently serving a two-year suspension after
testing positive for an illegal substance at last year's National
Games while her coach Wang suffered a life ban.
Sun's ban ends in October next year but continued to train under
Wang this year in a bid to compete at the Beijing Olympics.
Sun told CCTV she was commonly beaten and scolded by Wang. "He
beat me with a belt after I contradicted his wife. It is the most
ruthless since I started training with him more than 10 years ago,"
"My back hurt so much that I can not tolerate at all," said Sun,
who is now training solo in Yunnan province, a popular training
area because if its high sea level.
"My back is covered with so many cuts and bruises that I can not
even take off my clothes. My collarbone was also torn."
"I know he brought me up and developed me into to a high-level
athlete. I will never forget that.
"But since the result of positive test, there are more and more
collisions between us. I cannot keep the relationship any
According to the Beijing News, Wang had not seen Sun's comments
and refused to make any further comment.
"I have nothing to do with her. I have been banned. Whether she
trains or not, I do not care," he told the newspaper. However
Wang's wife Zhu Fengling denied any wrongdoing.
"Sun left us in August. We did not beat her. What she said is
nonsense," said Zhu, also a coach of Sun's former team.
Sun's accusation is the latest in a series of outbursts
targeting Wang. Three of her former team-mates have sued Wang for
allegedly embezzling wages and bonuses. The matter has yet to
appear in court.
(China Daily October 12, 2006)