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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2006, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Peng Mus "Promise" To Win Gold At Olympics


China's top player Peng Shuai will have to give a written guarantee of a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics if she wants financial help from her country to turn professional, Chinese media said on Friday.

The hard hitting 19-year-old amateur, who reached a career-high ranking of 31st in the world in August, said in December she wanted to leave the national set up and strike out on her own.

National Tennis Management Centre director Sun Jinfang said on Thursday that Peng had approached her about leaving the team and she had agreed on condition the teenager took full responsibility for herself, Titan Sports reported.

"Later she came back and said she wanted financial support so she could go out on her own," Sun said. "I said fine, but first you have to sign a promise that you will win gold at the Olympics.

"Our budget is completely aimed at the 2008 Games. Who could agree to letting you give up your Olympic duties to go professional?"

Peng, who trains most of the year in Florida, has had the most success of China's emerging women tennis players.

She has taken down some impressive names in her short career, including former world number one Kim Clijsters, 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva and finished last year ranked 36th in the world.

China has been aggressively pushing tennis since Sun Tiantian and Li Ting won a surprise women's doubles gold at the 2004 Olympics and Peng represents one of the country's best chances for a tennis medal when it hosts the 2008 Games.

But she has said that training conditions on the national squad were holding her back, echoing complaints made last year by veteran team mate Li Na, who won China's first WTA title in Guangzhou in 2004.

She has also complained that much of what she earned on tour last year went to China's sports administrations.

Sun said the national tennis centre had recently hired several foreign coaches to help players with conditioning and footwork and wanted to encourage their patriotism.

"We want them to have feelings of belonging, safety and honour as individuals in a perfect team and inspire them to want to pay back the motherland for raising them," she said.


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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2006, 11:26 AM
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The Chinese are just pathetic with their stupid way of holding back their players...

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2006, 11:27 AM
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Talk about pressure!

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Originally Posted by jamatthews

The hard hitting 19-year-old amateur

Anyway, this is just ridiculous!
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2006, 11:38 PM
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I'm very about this.

1. Why is she being called "amateur"? And why is the money is for her to turn professional?

2. The article states:
Peng approached the National Assn and asked to leave the team and strike out on her own. This was agreed as long as she paid her own expenses.
Later she asked for financial support to go out on her own.
This financial support was agreed under the condition that she sign a contract agreeing to win gold at the 2008 Olymics.

?? How can a person (sign/be asked to sign) a contract promising to win a game of skill? Even a proven top-ranked player cannot guarantee this for any given tournament; there are too many variables.

?? How can a person (sign/be asked to sign) a contract promising to perform something so far out into the future? This event will be 2.5 years from now. So many things can change in that time - her health, her game, other players skill levels on tour, even the game itself.

?? What happens if she does not win gold in 2008? The financial support would have already been given. Would she be expected to pay it back? What if she cannot? Would she be indebted to the Assn for the rest of her life until she can repay?

?? Can she pay it back early - maybe with interest - if she has some good winnings, then get out of the contract? This seems like a good clause to put into the contract.

?? Can this be considered a valid contract? It seems like it would be thrown out of court - at least in the US - without wording on what happens if she does not win.

3. Maybe this is really a good thing for her? I mean, she breaks free, gets a good personal coach, and gets to travel as she sees fit and play her own schedule. Presumably she can earn enough this year, especially being able to keep all of her winnings, to cover her expenses this year and into the future. She can put aside what she owes the National Assn - either pay it back or keep it to repay them in 2008 in case she does not win Olympics. And she will have enough winnings to get her started on her own next year as well. She did win $243,000 in 2005. She should do at least as well this year.

Can anyone help me understand these questions???
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2006, 11:39 PM
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how the hell can u promise to win something
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2006, 11:50 PM
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This reminds me of the old days where if you didn't win they put you into a labor camp/ prison.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2006, 11:54 PM
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what a pressure

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2006, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by drake3781
I'm very about this.

1. Why is she being called "amateur"? And why is the money is for her to turn professional?
wtatour also lists her as an amateur. very weird.
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