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Taiwan golf champion Yani Tseng will not play for China

Taiwan golf champion Yani Tseng will not play for China

The father of Taiwanese golf champion Yani Tseng denied yesterday she was about to adopt China citizenship, though she was still considering offers from Southeast Asian countries.
The reports about Tseng's eventual change of nationality followed the news that she had been disappointed at President Ma Ying-jeou's reaction to her suggestion that Taiwan host an LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) tournament.
The 20-year-old Tseng ranks as the world's No.2 woman golf player, and the LPGA Tour is one of the most prestigious events for the sport. She will not contemplate playing for China because of the sensitive political problems such a decision would entail, her father, Tseng Mao-hsin, told reporters yesterday.
However, she was still talking to several Southeast Asian nations, he said.
Tseng was disappointed that the Cabinet-level Sports Affairs Council told her to find business sponsors herself if she wanted Taiwan to host an LPGA tournament.
The SAC said it didn't have a budget for the event, considering Taiwan is already hosting the Deaflympics in Taipei and the World Games in Kaohsiung this year.
When Tseng mentioned her hope to President Ma, he reportedly replied that the money needed for the golf championship was enough to host more than a dozen running events. Ma is known as an avid runner, but Tseng was reportedly shocked at his reply.
The rumors of nationality changes for top Taiwanese athletes come amid complaints about the poor status sports champions enjoy in their native country. Once their often short sports career is over, they find it hard to find steady jobs because they sacrificed their education to prepare for athletic competitions.


Updated : 2021-06-18 07:38 GMT+08:00