But whether the Dalian native will actually make the Olympic team is still anybody's guess. He will face pretty stiff competition among fellow senior teammates such as Li Weifeng, Sun Xiang, Shao Jiayi - who plays for German club Energie Cottbus - and Zheng Zhi, who had great success with Charlton in the English Championship.
The sophisticated Sun treated the recent speculation with a touch of Zen: "Life is more important than soccer," he said. "I will be happy if I can make it and I won't be sad if I can't. I won't push myself for that."