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Response to criticism: The organizers of the Australian Open have made an unexpected concession – Š


Pictured are Australian Open boss Craig Tiley Source: SITA / AP / Mark Baker

MELBOURNE – The organizers of the Australian Open have annulled a decision that forbade fans from wearing T-shirts with the inscription in support of Chinese tennis player Shuai Pcheng. The measure provoked great outrage and Martina Navrátilová, among others, criticized the organizers for their cowardice. Tournament boss Craig Tiley said spectators could wear T-shirts as long as they didn’t hold disruptive rallies on campus.

The social media video, which showed how security guards confiscated T-shirts and a poster in support of Shuai Pcheng, caused outrage on Saturday. The organizers of the inaugural grand slam tournament of the season defended the procedure with reference to the ban on political slogans in Melbourne Park, but received sharp criticism for it. According to a group of activists, they wanted to hand out 1,000 T-shirts with the slogan “Where is Shui Pcheng?” To the fans this week.

According to Tiley, the organizers were worried about security on the premises. “If they come to watch tennis with T-shirts saying ‘Where’s Shui Peng?’, Then it’ll be okay.” Tiley said. “If someone is wearing a T-shirt with an inscription, it has no effect on safety. But if they start to gather and disturb, in any way, it’s something else.” he added.

Chinese tennis player Shuai Pcheng
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Source: SITA / AP / Ng Han Guan

The case of a Chinese tennis player

Not only did the world tennis community become interested in the fate of Shuai Pcheng in November after a former world doubles team and two-time grand slam winner accused former influential official Chang Kao-lima of sexual assault on social media. Her post was subsequently deleted and the tennis player did not appear in public for almost three weeks. He then “domesticated” the hashtag “Where is Shui Pcheng?” On social networks.

A month ago, the player in a video interview described her November post as a misunderstanding and denied the sexual assault. However, the WTA has repeatedly expressed doubts as to whether a tennis player can speak freely and has suspended this year’s tournaments in China.

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