Taiwan ridiculed over complaint

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 August, 2008, 12:00am

Few would describe complaints as part of the competition, yet Chang Chia-hsing, head coach of the Taiwanese women's softball team, seemed to think it part of the tactics.

Chang's complaint - made during crucial moments of the game as the mainland squad was trying to catch up with their Taiwanese counterparts - was that the opposition's head coach, Wang Lihong, was wearing earphones.

'The team leader was wearing earphones because it was necessary for work. It is convenient to receive phone calls. I don't quite understand why the Chinese Taipei team complained about it,' Wang told China News Service.

The Taiwanese softball team eventually beat the mainland 2-1, bringing some comfort to the islanders, whose baseball team lost to the mainland squad last week.

But the mainland media ridiculed the 'protest' tactics.

While mainland and Taiwanese officials portray matches between the two sides as friendly, the political undertones are unmistakable.

CNS quoted an unnamed American reporter who wondered if the complaint was a means by the coach to 'adjust the pace of the game', to which Wang replied that, if true, it would be 'unacceptable'.

'If they used this means to adjust the game's pace, we feel it's very regrettable,' she said.

Mainland media also ridiculed an unusual complaint by the Taiwanese squad during the women's archery competition last Sunday after they lost to Italy.

The team complained that the 'Italian athletes' socks and shoes were different from their coach', CNS said.

The complaint was not accepted.