Chuang Chih-yuan Announces to Withdraw from National Team|莊智淵拋震撼彈 宣布退國家隊.不打東奧
Taiwanese veteran table tennis player Chuang Chih-yuan has announced that he will not be attending the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and that he has quit the national team. The reason behind this move was triggered by altercations with his coach regarding the Asian Table Tennis Championships.
Taiwanese veteran table tennis player Chuang Chih-yuan has been through many championships, but on whether to participate in the team event of the Asian Table Tennis Championships, he and his coach had differing views. Chuang had decided not to enter, but his coach felt that his nonparticipation will affect the team spirit. On September 1st Chuang posted on his Facebook to say that there are people who suspect that he had selfish motives for only participating in the individual event of the Asian Table Tennis Championships. Hence, he wants to clarify that following his decision to not participate in the Paraguay Open and the Asian Championships, his cumulative score will be impacted, thus he will also not enter the 2020 Olympics. Furthermore, he will not be part of the national team in any international championships in the future, and he will only participate in games when it will not affect other players, nor affect the funds designated for the Olympic Games.
(Going to Paraguay) is to grab those scores, there's so issue of whether he is selfish or not. If there are indeed selfish motives, it will be because he was thinking for the cumulative scores for the Olympic Games. Being a coach, how can you protest like this? So he (Chuang) emotionally exploded. Can't you understand, with you being a sportsman yourself, how can you not understand?
The news shocked the sports world, but Chuang remained silent with only his mother to speak for him. She said that Chuang had played for the country even when he was still recovering from injuries, yet he does not get the respect he deserves. Chuang's parents said they respect their son's decision and don't think there's a chance that he'll change his mind. The Sport Administration of the Ministry of Education said that there has been a misunderstanding during communications, and they will do their best to try resolve it.
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