UPDATE 1-Olympics-Swimming-Chinese pour scorn on Horton after "drug cheats" remarks

domingo 7 de agosto de 2016 20:42 GYT

* Horton attacked on social media for comments

* Chinese swim team also seek apology

* Australian Olympic Committee stand by swimmer (Updates with Chinese swimming team comment)

By Brenda Goh

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Chinese web-users unleashed their fury on the social media accounts of Australian Olympic gold medallist Mack Horton, demanding he apologise for calling swimming rival Sun Yang a "drug cheat".

The controversy clouded Horton's Saturday triumph in the 400 metres freestyle final over Sun, the London 2012 champion, with the latter suggesting Horton had made the remarks to affect him. Sun won the silver medal.

"You have offended against the sensitive (feelings) of the Chinese people," said one of more than 300,000 comments left on Horton's latest Instagram post of him celebrating his win on the medal podium.

"Apologise to Sun Yang!", said another on Horton's Facebook page that was peppered with insults, derogatory pictures, many of which carried the hashtag "#apologisetosunyang".

Many of the comments recalled a 2013 incident when the Australian men's freestyle relay team were suspended for using a sedative banned by their national Olympic committee (AOC) in a bonding session before the London Games.   Continuación...