The Straits Times
Published on Sep 18, 2012

Speed skater Wang Meng back on track after brawl ban


BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's most decorated winter Olympian, speed skater Wang Meng, has been given permission to return to competition after serving a 13-month ban for punching her team manager in a drunken brawl.

Wang, who has won four Olympic golds, was banned last August after the brawl with team manager Wang Chunlu, who had criticised her for coming back late to a training camp following a night out drinking with five other team mates.

The uncompromising 27-year-old has had several run-ins with officialdom in the past and missed the short track world championships in Shanghai in March but has been back in training in China's winter sports centre in Heilongjiang province.

"Based on Wang's petition and after reviewing her behaviour over the past year, we announce the resumption of her qualification in taking part in both domestic and international events starting from the new season," an official with the Winter Sports Management Center of General Administration of Sport of China told state media.