GWANGJU – Britain's Duncan Scott said he was unaware he had been issued a warning by swimming's governing body FINA over his refusal to shake Sun Yang's hand at the medal ceremony for the 200 freestyle on Tuesday.
Sun is swimming under a cloud in Gwangju with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) set to hear a doping case against him in September and his presence at the world championships in South Korea has been the source of controversy.
Scott, who finished fifth in the 200 individual medley heats on Wednesday after he withdrew from the 100 freestyle, caused uproar after he shook hands with the other medallists but completely blanked the Chinese swimmer.
Sun reacted angrily, shouting and gesturing at Scott, who also refused to take part in a group photo on the podium and kept his distance from Sun as they left the stage.
FINA later issued a warning letter to both swimmers, saying they had displayed “inadequate behaviour”.