On March 6, swimmer Ning Zetao announced his retirement, which caused heated discussion and speculation. Tonight, his foreign teacher, Brown, said in a telephone interview that Ning Zetao retired for many reasons, but most importantly his injuries.
He was injured in Sunshine last October and stabbed his finger. Brown said that at that time, people did not know how serious Ning Zetaos injury was. After three weeksrest, Ning Zetao came back in December. He swam very fast at that time, (100m freestyle) 48 seconds and 43 seconds. But even after two months, his fingers were swollen.
So before Christmas, Ning Zetao decided to take a rest and went to Beijing to see an expert to examine his finger. For todays decision to retire Ning Zetao, Brown said: I think he feels that his injury can not be 100% recovered, which is a decisive factor. And hes 26 years old today. He feels a little older. With some things happening after the Rio Olympics, he finally decides that its time to retire and enter a new stage in his life.
Looking back on his training in Australia, Brown said Ning Zetao was very happy in Australia and was learning English regularly. He began to enjoy swimming, not as a job, but as a love. He himself said that he had recovered the joy of swimming in his childhood.
Hearing the news of Ning Zetaos retirement, Brown expressed his sadness, but also felt happy for Ning Zetao. He made such a difficult decision, I think you should be happy for him. He is a very modest big boy, bringing joy to many people, and has won the Asian championship and the world championship.
Source: Shi Jianlei_NBJ11331, responsible editor of Beijing News