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‘She’s my everything’: Athlete Sun Wenjing comes out as gay on Weibo in the face of government crackdown

Sun Wenjing comes out on Weibo

Sun Wenjing, a retired volleyball player from China, has recently come out as a lesbian on Weibo despite the government’s public efforts to crack down on LGBTQ+ groups online.

Coming out: Sun, 27, shared the announcement on Sept. 9 along with two pictures of her and her girlfriend standing in front of a red backdrop, an officially recognized style used on marriage certificates in China, according to SupChina.

‘Best setter’ in sitting volleyball opens up about leaving behind her son as she aims for the gold in Tokyo

Sitting volleyball setter

Sitting volleyball star Kaleo Kanahele Maclay opened up about what it’s like to leave her 3-year-old son at home while she aims for the gold in Tokyo. 

Aiming for the gold: Maclay, 25, said that she was “really excited” to bring her son to the Paralympic Games, but is no longer able to due to the new attendance rules because of the pandemic, reported Us Weekly. 

‘Best Libero’ Justine Wong-Orantes ‘kept the ball in the air’ for Team USA to win first volleyball gold medal

volleyball player helped Team USA win gold

Meet Justine Wong-Orantes, the Filipino Chinese American athlete who was an integral part of Team USA’s gold medal win in women’s volleyball at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Amazing athlete: Wong-Orantes, 25, played a key role in helping Team USA defeat Brazil and secure the country’s first-ever gold medal in women’s volleyball on Sunday, according to NBC Olympics.

FIVB Suspends Serbian Volleyball Player Who Pulled Slant-Eye Gesture During Match With Thailand

Serbian volleyball player Sanja Djurdjevic is now facing disciplinary action for the slant-eye gesture she made during a professional match against Thailand.

The details: In an announcement on Tuesday, the Disciplinary Panel Sub-Committee of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) said Djurdjevic violated the FIVB Disciplinary Regulations when she made the racist gesture on June 1.

‘Don’t Blow This Out of Proportion,’ Serbian Volleyball Team Says After Player Pulls Slant-Eye Gesture

The Volleyball Federation of Serbia officially apologized to the Thailand volleyball team after one of the Serbian players pulled a slant-eye gesture while on the court.

What happened: The racist gesture happened during the match between Thailand and Serbia for the Volleyball Women’s Nations League 2021 in Rimini, Italy, Coconuts Bangkok reported.

Belgian Volleyball Team Yellow Tigers Blasted Online for ‘Slant Eyes’ Gesture

After numerous stories of athletes around the world put on blast for making “slant eyes”, the racist gesture still lives on.

Many volleyball fans have recently called out the two players of the Belgian National Team Yellow Tigers for their racist “slant eyes” gesture that they posted online before their first stop in China for the Volleyball Nations League tournament last week.

Japanese Volleyball Team Assaults Player For Falling in Love With Equipment Manager

A high school volleyball player in Japan was beaten by his coach and teammates after violating what had been dubbed as an “internal rule”: NO DATING.

To be specific, volleyball players at Ashikaga High School in Tochigi Prefecture — a top team in Japan — are not allowed to date anyone else involved in the volleyball program, which includes equipment managers who are often females.

Uruguayan Footballer Causes Outrage in South Korea After Racist ‘Slant Eyes’ Celebration

Uruguayan footballer Federico Valverde has denied making the offensive “slant eyes” after winning against Portugal in Sunday’s quarter-final at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.

The Real Madrid star helped his country make its way through to the semi-finals by scoring an equalizer and then sealing the team’s victory in a penalty shootout.