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I quit the national team: Hsieh Su-wei

‘UNFAIR TREATMENT’:Despite Hsieh’s online complaints, the Olympic delegation in Rio de Janeiro said that she has not submitted a request to withdraw from the tournament

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

“We hope that she will still compete. Any proposed reform to the system can be discussed after the Olympics Games are over,” the agency said.

The Chinese Taipei Tennis Association said that the rules governing the assignment of coaches have been in place since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Coaches are assigned by first considering a player’s rankings in both doubles and singles, the association said.

Players with higher rankings are deemed to have a better chance of securing a medal, it added.

The association said that one coach is assigned to every four tennis players.

Should the women’s team secure the first pick for a coach, the men’s team would have the second pick, it added.

The association said that only four players originally qualified for the Olympic team — Hsieh Su-wei, Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳), Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴).

The Chan sisters were given the choice of coach because their rankings, joint sixth in the WTA Tour doubles, are the highest of the four players.

Hsieh is ranked 83rd in singles and 70th in doubles, while Lu is ranked 66th in the ATP Tour singles rankings.

Although Hsieh and Chuang Chia-jung (莊佳容) later also secured spots to compete in the women’s doubles, it was Lu who was given the choice of coach for the men’s team.

Hsieh Su-wei and her father say that they deserve to pick the women’s team’s coach because she has the highest singles ranking of the four women and is the only player competing in both the singles and the doubles.

The Sports Administration yesterday said it had secured a P-class card for Hsieh Su-wei’s brother, who is her coach.

The pass means that her brother would be granted access to all the Olympics facilities — the same as the other coaches — but cannot stay at the athletes’ village, the agency said.

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