Ban “Where is Peng Shuai?” T-shirts are “safe and comprehensive”: Tennis Australia

Tennis Australia (TA) again defends the decision to block fans from wearing T-shirts with the slogan in favor of Chinese doubles player Peng Shuai in Melbourne Park, creating a “safe and comprehensive” environment. Said that it was decided.

The organization has since been scrutinized Video appears on social media Last Friday, TA guards confiscated the Peng Shuai banner from two spectators and asked them to remove “Where is Peng Shuai?”. T-shirt.

Within 3 days of the incident, the Go Fund Me page A $ 15,500 or more raised 1,000 shirts with a message will be printed and distributed on Saturday at the Australian Open (AO) Women’s Final.Organizer and human rights activist Drew Pavlou Said on monday His group “basically raised our voice for this innocent woman being persecuted.”

In a statement to the Epoch Times on Monday, TA stated that it would continue to ban “any item that compromises safety and comfort” for AO spectators. However, the organization told Melbourne Park that they were “welcome and delighted with their patrons.”

TA added that Peng’s safety remains “a major concern” and that she will work with the Australian women’s tennis and the global tennis community to “everything she can do to ensure her well-being.”

“We understand and appreciate that people have strong personal and political views on a variety of issues,” said a TA spokesman.

“To ensure that the Australian Open remains a welcome, safe and comprehensive event for everyone, we have a long-standing policy of not allowing commercial or political banners, signs and clothing. I’m waiting.”

“On this occasion, the guards were simply implementing this policy.”

According to Gabriel Moens, Professor of Honorary Law at the University of Queensland, TA’s reasoning is “just a guess” because possible riots are swiftly dealt with by AO security forces and police.

Mr. Mornes also emphasizes freedom of speech because the Australian Constitution prohibits Congress from “enacting laws that limit freedom of speech” and TA receives “substantial government support.” Claimed to be expected.

“It is useful to note that’political’is a matter of subjective perception. It is an empty ship, and its meaning must be filled by policy makers and trendsetters, “the professor wrote in an editorial in the Epoch Times on January 24.

“Given Novak Djokovic’s controversial deportation, some wonder if a message like’go home, joker’is considered a political message. “

Hong Kong Australian activist Max Mok, who recorded the video, said the level of Chinese sponsorship at AO made him “very” uncomfortable.

“The possibility that seems to me is that it is flagged, and Peng Shuai’s situation is generally against China,” he said. Monday sky news.

“Australian Open and Tennis Australian authorities have flagged before going there just because there are so many sponsorships in China.”

In 2018, Tennis Australia signed a five-year commercial transaction agreement. Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency.We also have partnerships with three major Chinese sponser: Baijiu Distillery Luzhou Laojiao, Shenzhen Water Company Ganten Food & Beverage, China-based bedding company DeRUCCI..

In 2019, TA named one of the courts “Arena 1573” in honor of the year back to the liquor brand Luzhou Laojiao.

Even after China’s former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli claimed to have sexually assaulted Weibo in November, Peng’s safety, which is twice as many as the former world’s Olympic athlete, remains a concern for the global tennis community. I am.

Her post disappeared from the public eye for nearly three weeks after being immediately removed from the social media platform.

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based Vietnamese reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]