Taiwan: Despite an earlier promise not to fine Taiwanese players who failed to use the attire and equipment provided by Chinese Taipei Badminton Association’s official sponsor – Yonex, a newly surfaced audio recording revealed that some of the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association officials still planned to impose punishment on some shuttlers.
According to Taiwanese media, current World No. 35 and the 2013 World Junior player Wang Tzu-Wei was fined USD $3209 for not wearing uniform provided by Yonex during a tournament.
In order to pay the fine, Wang’s parents who worked at the Taipei Ningsia night market selling meat buns have to work extra hard to help him pay off the payment.
An informal source told reporter that Wang Tzu-Wei was only 18 when that incident occurred, and he couldn’t imagine a young man who has not yet had a fulltime job was able to earn enough money to pay such a fine.
“Wang was a very promising young star, but the association still decided to punish him.”
The association’s received about USD $802,414 from Yonex sponsorship this year, and had come under scrutiny after it said Tai Tzu-Ying has violated the sponsorship rules for not wearing shoes provided by Yonex in August 2016. The association then issued a public apology and promised not to fine Tai Tzu-Ying for her violation.