Tennis Australia lifts ban on Peng Shuai T-shirts in response to widespread backlash

Tennis Australia (TA) has overturned the ban on spectators wearing “Where is Peng Shuai?” Although it’s a T-shirt, displaying a protest banner on this issue is not yet supported.

This is after the tournament has experienced intense criticism of defending the Australian Open guards. The guards confiscated the two spectators’ Peng Shuai flags and demanded that they take off their shirts with a slogan in favor of Chinese tennis stars.

The TA has previously stated that it has a “long-standing policy of not allowing commercial or political banners, signs and clothing” and will continue to ban items that “compromise safety and comfort” for AO fans.

Tennis Australia told The Epoch Times on Tuesday that it would take a “common sense approach” to “enforce admission to the site.”

This is by Craig Tiley, the boss of TA Australian Financial Review On the same day as the person wearing “Where is Peng Shuai?”, T-shirts are admitted as long as they are “peaceful, not coming as a destructive mob.”

“Translations from people who aren’t here or who aren’t familiar with the big picture have lost a bit of everything … In the last few days, some people have banners on two big poles. Please don’t forgive me, “he said.

“If you come to see tennis, that’s fine, but we can’t allow anyone to cause confusion at the end of the day,” he said, saying security would do a case-by-case assessment. I added.

Backflip takes off the shirt with a message of support for Chinese double sprayers after legendary women’s tennis great Martina Navratilova expels the Australian Open organizer from Melbourne Park’s Marshal fans. After refusing to do so, after accusing Beijing of being “captured”.

“Sports have always been at the forefront of social issues and have pushed them forward, and we are retreating. I think it’s really, really timid,” she told the tennis channel.

“I think they are wrong about this. This is not a political statement. This is a statement about human rights. And the chance is Peng Shuai Maybe she’s playing here, but couldn’t she leave the country? “

The actions taken by the guards on Friday were based on suspicions of “the motives and intentions of the incoming people,” Tylie told Reuters on Tuesday.

“If they persist, they will be removed from the site, but if someone wants to wear a T-shirt, we will support Peng Shuai It’s okay or doing something else, it’s okay. “

The decision was announced after Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton called Peng Shuai’s ban on T-shirts “deeply concerned” and asked TA to “speak” on the issue of sexual harassment.

Meanwhile, New South Wales Liberal Senator Holly Hughes claimed that the tournament was a “kowtow to China” because some Chinese companies are major sponsors of the AO.

Hong Konger’s Australian human rights activist Max Moku, who recorded a video of security guards confiscating shirts and banners on Friday, praised the decision and said 1,000 T-shirts would be distributed in the women’s AO final on Saturday. rice field.

“Let’s expect Tennis Australia to keep their promises and get the crowd to wear them,” Moku said. ABC reported on Tuesday.

However, human rights activist Drew Pavlou posted a video on January 21 when associate Max Moku was banned from joining Twitter, saying, “Tennis Australia hasn’t admitted anything about this.” Said.

“When the government ministers blamed them, they really made a cave. When there was a lawyer saying they had a potential human rights case here, they really made a cave. , They are just trying to hide their backs, “he said. Australian reported..

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.

Nina Nguyen


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