Mack Horton’s old school cancels plans to name its new $ 25 million swimming pool after the Olympic champion because it could threaten its business interests with China
- Caulfield Grammar School will not name their pool after swimmer Mack Horton
- The plans were given up to maintain their Chinese business interests
- The school has a boarding school in China and a strong Chinese population
- Horton had a fight with the Chinese rival Sun Yang and called him a drug trap
- He famously refused to go with him to the podium at the 2019 world championships
An exclusive school in Melbourne will not name its new water center after Mack Horton because it could threaten its business interests with China.
Caulfield Grammar School has abandoned plans to name its new $ 25 million swimming facility after the Olympic champion after his snub of Chinese rival Sun Yang.
Horton refused to participate with Sun on the podium of the swimming world championships in South Korea last year and previously called him a “drug cheat” at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Horton is the only Olympic champion of Caulfield Grammar. The plans to name the pool after him were withdrawn to maintain their Chinese business interests.
Caulfield Grammar School has abandoned plans to name their new $ 25 million swimming facility after Mack Horton to protect their Chinese business interests
Horton and Sun have endured a bitter rivalry, with Horton refusing to participate in Sun on the podium at the swimming world championships in 2019 (photo)
Caulfield Grammar opened a guesthouse in Nanjing in mainland China in 1998 and sent nine students a year on a language and cultural immersion program.
A school spokeswoman declined to comment on Horton’s snub and told it The Sydney Morning Herald the pool is not mentioned.
‘Mack and his family have a strong relationship with the school. They are still valued and an integral part of our school community, “said the spokeswoman.
Mack Horton (pictured with his partner Ella Walter) held out in protest against the Chinese swimmer
Horton caught the backlash of Sun fans after their feud and was slammed on social media, with his family, partner and sponsors also being attacked by supporters of the Chinese swimmer.
Sources near the store told the Messenger that the school was planning to name his swimming pool after Horton prior to his stump.
The 23-year-old is a proponent of clean sport and believed that Sun should not have been able to swim at the 2019 World Championships due to his impending doping test.
Sun was convicted of doping in 2014 and was accused of destroying vials of his blood with a hammer during a collision with testers in 2018.
If Sun is found guilty, he will receive a lifelong ban from the sport.
It is not yet known when his trial will end in the Arbitration Court for Sport.
Horton will defend his 400-meter gold freestyle gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and will swim in the Australian Olympic qualifications in June.
Horton stood at a distance from Sun during photos after their medal presentation for the 400 meter freestyle. If he is found guilty in his upcoming trial, Sun gets a lifelong ban on swimming