Australian Open 2022: Tournament changes rules to allow 'Where is Peng Shuai?' shirts

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Fans appeared at the Australian Open on Friday with clothing and indications that questioned the location of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai. A group of individuals in the stands had a banner that checked out, “Where is Peng Shuai?” and used t-shirts that had a picture of Peng on the front that check out “Wanted.”

Event authorities seized the products, however not prior to images and videos of the t-shirts and banner were shared online. However, since Tuesday, competition organizers have actually altered the ruled and stated the t-shirts will be permitted, according to Australian Open competition director Craig Tiley.

Tiley informed the Associated Press that fans are now allowed to use the t-shirts, pending they do not collect in big groups. Tiley stated security for others at the competition lags the thinking for avoiding big groups of individuals with the clothing.

“If they want to do that, that’s fine [but] if anyone’s coming on site with the express intent of disrupting the comfort and safety of our fans, they’re not welcome,” he stated.

Security at first stated that they needed to seize the clothing since, “You’re not supposed to bring any political statements” into the location. The individual taking the video then asked if “Free Peng Shuai” was political according to Tennis Australia, to which the security personnel reacted by shaking his head and stating “yes.”

After the videos were published, lots of were disturbed at the Australian Open for their policy. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova stated requiring the fans to eliminate the t-shirts was “just pathetic.”

Peng vanished after a post on her social networks page on Nov. 2 declared that previous Chinese Communist Party leader Zhang Gaoli sexually attacked her. The posts were rapidly erased by the Chinese federal government and she has actually given that returned into the general public and stated she never ever made such claims.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound, after a video call with IOC president Thomas Bach, stated the group chose all that Peng was “fine,” regardless of issue from others at her absence of public looks.

Still, lots of have actually required “verifiable” evidence that she is okay to guarantee her security. 

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