NEWS
07/27/2011 09:13 EDT | Updated 09/26/2011 05:12 EDT

Argument breaks out among China's speed-skating team, leaving gold medallist injured

BEIJING, China - An argument among China's speedskating world championship team has resulted in four-time Olympic gold medallist Wang Meng needing dozens of stitches, state media reports said Thursday.

The incident happened after several team members broke a 10 p.m. curfew that had been imposed after a previous incident in June in which team members reportedly clashed with police, Xinhua News Agency said.

BEIJING, China - An argument among China's speedskating world championship team has resulted in four-time Olympic gold medallist Wang Meng needing dozens of stitches, state media reports said Thursday.

The incident happened after several team members broke a 10 p.m. curfew that had been imposed after a previous incident in June in which team members reportedly clashed with police, Xinhua News Agency said.

Xinhua said Wednesday's incident in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao, where the team was training, involved several squad members.

Wang accidentally cut her hands on glass during the incident and the 26-year-old went to hospital where she had "dozens" of stitches, Xinhua said.

Wang is China's most decorated Winter Olympic athlete, after winning three golds at the Vancouver Games last year, and one gold, a silver and a bronze at Turin, Italy, in 2006.

Following the incident, the team's two-month summer training camp was cut short and the team returned to Beijing.

The General Administration of Sport of China is investigating the matter, Xinhua said.