Wuhan: World No. 1 women’s singles player Tai Tzu-Ying who became the first Taiwanese badminton player in 55 years to clinch gold at the 2017 Badminton Asia Championships, after defeated Japanese player Akane Yamaguchi in a three-set thriller, said she was unhappy and struggling to play in the final because she was wearing an oversized shirt and ill-fitting pants.
Tai posted on Facebook Monday morning that she had to keep adjusting her sleeves and the tightness of the waistband on her shorts during the final because they didn’t fit her.
“We were never told in advance how our clothes in the tournament would look like. I left for the tournament on Sunday but I received the clothes on Friday, it gave me no time to ask for new ones,” Tai wrote in her Facebook post.
She also wrote that the design for Taiwan badminton team’s apparel is different for every tournament, but it often caused a lot of confusions. For example, sometimes all clothes use men’s sizes, and sometimes she assumed those to be men’s sizes but it turned out to be women’s sizes.
This new incident could brew to be a new source of tension between Tai Tzu Ying and the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association after the association fined but later dropped the fines imposed on Tai last August for not wearing shoes provided by the national team’s official sponsor, Yonex.
As the public pressure was mounting after Tai’s father held a press conference last August, Yonex headquarters was forced to apologize in response to outraged badminton fans.