Taiwan slam: medal chances damaged as doubles ace Hsieh withdraws from Rio following bust-up

Taiwanese Olympic Committee comes under fire after refuting claims of mistreatment made by disgruntled star Hsieh Su-wei

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 August, 2016, 2:38pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 August, 2016, 2:52pm

The Taiwanese Olympic Committee is under fire from the general public as it refuted claims made by disgruntled tennis star Hsieh Su-wei, who vowed to withdraw from the Rio Olympics.

Hsieh announced on Thursday that she would pull out from both singles and doubles in Rio after a heated argument with a delegation official.

The former women’s doubles world number one is already in Rio but stated she will not represent Taiwan again in a Facebook post.

“Today I met the vice chef de mission of the delegation Tsai [Szu-chueh] to discuss problems with the decision-making for this Games. He banged a table and shouted at me,” wrote 30-year-old Hsieh.

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The Taiwanese Olympic Committee issued a declaration, explaining what happened in the five-minute discussion and saying that they were regretted Hsieh’s attitude and reaction. They asked her to “give in for the country’s best benefits” and continue to compete for the delegation.

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The governing body came under fire and their post received over 6,000 comments, with the majority of responses critical of the Committee’s handling of Hsieh’s case, and also attacking their failure in supporting other Taiwanese Olympians.

Originally, Hsieh was set to partner Chuang Chia-Jung in the women’s doubles. She also qualified in the singles event and her first round opponent is former world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

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As reported by the Liberty Times, Hsieh said she would not play in the doubles at a press conference last month after her coach was not listed as part of the delegation. She slammed the change in the policy of the accreditation for coaches and the sports administration of the ministry of education agreed to offer Hsieh’s coach a “P” accreditation – allowing temporary access to the venue.

Hsieh partnered mainlander Peng Shuai to two doubles grand slams – at Wimbledon in 2013 and the French Open in 2014. The pair also claimed the WTA Finals title in 2013.