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Hsieh Su-wei's withdrawal from Olympics confirmed

2016/08/07 16:39:21

Tennis player Hsieh Su-wei speaks in a press conference in Taipei July 12.

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Taiwan's top female tennis player, Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇), has formally withdrawn from the Rio Olympics, a Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) official confirmed Sunday, after weeks of conflict between the athlete and the CTOC and Chinese Taipei Tennis Association.

Steven Chen (陳士魁), vice president of the CTOC and leader of Taiwan's delegation to the Rio Olympics, said Hsieh had formally submitted an application with the CTOC to withdraw from the Olympics.

Shortly after receiving the application, the CTOC informed the International Tennis Federation of Hsieh's decision, Chen said.

The updated schedule on the Olympics website shows that Hsieh's slot in the first round of the women's singles competition has been filled by Czech tennis player Lucie Hradecka, who will play against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.

The names of Hsieh and Chuang Chia-jung (莊佳容) have also been removed from the latest schedule of the women's doubles first round. They have been replaced by Belgians Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens, who will be up against Kazakhstanis Yaroslava Shvedova and Galina Voskoboeva.

Taiwan's Cabinet said Sunday that it respects Hsieh's decision to withdraw from the Games.

Hsieh has been criticizing the CTOC and Chinese Taipei Tennis Association in recent weeks, saying that they have an unfair system for deciding which players would be accompanied by coaches to the Olympics.

The Olympics regulations limit the number of coaches allowed to accompany players to the Games.

Hsieh also indicated that Tsai Szu-chueh (蔡賜爵), deputy head of the Taiwanese delegation, had been disrespectful toward her.

In a Facebook post, she said Tsai berated her when she tried to talk with him about the CTOC's sports policies and he banged on the table and shouted at her.

Hsieh won the 2013 Wimbledon and 2014 French Open doubles championships with her then Chinese partner Peng Shuai (彭帥), becoming the first Taiwanese tennis player to take a Grand Slam title.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Christie Chen)