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Feng Tianwei [Disgrace]
« on: October 28, 2016, 12:53:36 PM »
Feng Tianwei axed for ill-discipline, disrespect and misconduct
LOW LIN FHOONG | OCTOBER 27, 2016

SINGAPORE — Disputes over prize money, false claims, and disrespect of authority were some of the issues that led to three-time Olympic medallist Feng Tianwei being axed from the national table tennis team.

On Tuesday (Oct 25), the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) revealed that it would not be renewing its contract with the Republic’s top-ranked female paddler, citing the need for rejuvenation of the national team.

However, TODAY understands that the STTA decided to sever ties after a series of incidents over the years.

According to sources, a dispute over prize money had erupted after last year’s SEA Games, where Feng won a gold medal in the women’s team event.

The 30-year-old had refused to pay her share of her winnings from the Multi-Million Dollar Awards Programme (MAP) that was meant for the coaches — an amount of $400 — and instigated other team members to follow suit.

This despite the STTA’s policy that a portion of the earnings has to be shared among the coaches. Even after the association issued letters asking for the amount, the players have yet to pay up.

There was also an issue of false claims amounting to a few hundred dollars submitted by the player for reimbursement of food purchases, with handwritten receipts submitted by Feng called into question.

These included the purchase of 200 eggs for breakfast over nine days, and 10 tins of milk over three days. Feng was eventually issued a warning by the STTA, and the cash was returned to the association.

On top of money issues, there were also disagreements over coaches and competitions.

Last October, Feng and team-mate Yu Mengyu’s request for a change of coach culminated in an ugly spat at the Polish Open between Yu and then-head coach Jing Junhong. Yu was handed a warning letter for the incident, while Jing was redeployed to youth development.

At the request of Feng, China-born German Chen Zhibin was appointed head coach of the women’s team in February — just six months ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.

However, the relationship appeared to have soured in August, when Feng was seen courtside coaching team-mates Yu and Zhou Yihan during the competition breaks for the women’s team event instead of Chen in an apparent show of disrespect to the veteran coach.

While it is unclear what caused the rift between the players and Chen, the women suffered a dismal outing at the Rio Olympics as they returned empty-handed for the first time since the Beijing Games in 2008.

Both Feng and Yu were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles, while the women’s team — the defending bronze medallists — were beaten by Japan in the playoff for the bronze medal.

While Feng has since been sent packing, the STTA said on Tuesday that Chen will continue as women’s team head coach, and that his contract will end in March next year.

Feng’s participation at the annual National Table Tennis Grand Finale — a locally-held tournament which gives local players a chance to compete against the national paddlers — also sparked off unhappiness.

She had refused to pay the registration fee for the event and Feng — who had banked in some S$3 million in prize money and winnings over her career — had also complained about the prize money being too little.

Responding to queries from TODAY about the incidents, the STTA did not confirm or deny the matter.

“Disciplinary matters are private and confidential, and the STTA declines comment,” said STTA chief executive officer Wong Hui Leng.

“However, we also believe very strongly in values like discipline, respect and the importance of teamwork and working together towards our common objective of bringing glory to Singapore.

“Moving forward, we are looking forward to working closely with all our partners and stakeholders in charting the sport’s path towards the next Olympics and beyond.”

Feng, who had said that she intends to continue competing in international competitions, is expected to hold a press conference this week to talk about her plans for her post-STTA career.

Source: http://www.todayonline.com/sports/feng-tianwei-axed-disrespect-ill-discipline-misconduct

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Re: Feng Tianwei [Disgrace]
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2016, 12:55:10 PM »
Feng was a “bad egg”, a “disgrace to nation”, says STTA Deputy President
Oct 28, 2016 08.46AM | The Middle Ground
 
THE Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) has spoken. On why it axed Feng Tianwei. At least its deputy president has. On Facebook.

Mr David Sim has been busy replying to posters who have asked him about the shock sacking which, on the official record, was about how the paddler with three Olympic medals didn’t fit into its “rejuvenation plans”.

Perhaps, Mr Sim, chairman of Woodlands Citizens Consultative Committee and a property realtor, might not have realised that his posts were set to “public”. His responses make for interesting reading indeed.

He wrote that he thought Feng was a national disgrace because of her ill disciplined conduct, and that an athlete’s character and integrity was more important than the glory the athlete can bring to the country.

To a poster who thought the sacking could have been better handled and has become an international joke, he replied: “I don’t feel that way but since she has been ill-discipline, disrespect n misconduct as reported in the newspaper then it is a disgrace to the nation.”

He also implied that it was STTA which leaked the news of some of her misdemeanours to the media, such as the 200 eggs she charged STTA for.

“if this is not true then STTA will not reveal this news n FTW can sue STTA n why not ask her to do it if she is innocent.”
It wasn’t a question of whether STTA could afford the bill of a few hundred dollars but how unbelievable this was. “if this is not true then STTA will not reveal this news n FTW (Feng Tianwei) can sue STTA n why not ask her to do it if she is innocent.”

Mr Sim also said that discipline was a bigger factor in her sacking than grooming local talent: “If any local or foreign players have done serious misconduct then it is not only tarnish the image to STTA but the nation.”

He added: “STTA has done rightfully in order not to keep bad ‘eggs’.”

Well, well.

It’s odd that an STTA official would go on this roundabout route to slam an athlete, so we called Mr Sim to ask him about it.

His first response was that he was only depending on what the media had reported – and denied that he had described her as a national disgrace. Asked if the media reports were true about the eggs et al, he prevaricated and said “it should be”.

In any case, given that it was early in the morning and we seemed to have rumbled him out of bed, we suggested that Mr Sim re-read his posts and reply to our queries. He promptly took them down and his last words to us were: “I have no comment”.

Source: http://themiddleground.sg/2016/10/28/feng-bad-egg-disgrace-nation-says-stta-deputy-president/

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Re: Feng Tianwei [Disgrace]
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2016, 12:58:13 PM »
What STTA’s Deputy President said about Feng Tianwei’s sacking
Oct 28, 2016 08.49AM | The Middle Ground
 
COMPARE this: “Feng Tianwei has been a cornerstone of the national team since 2007. She has brought many golden moments to the sport. We would like to thank her for all that she has done for Singapore table tennis, and we would like to take this opportunity to wish Tianwei all the best in her future endeavours.”

To this: “She has been ill-discipline, disrespect n misconduct as reported in the newspaper then it is a disgrace to the nation instead… It is also good for STTA to send this signal to the players that STTA shall not tolerate those players with bad characters.”

The first statement is from the Singapore Table Tennis Association’s (STTA) president Ellen Lee. The second – from her deputy, Mr David Sim.

We’re talking about the sacking of national paddler Feng Tianwei, of course – and the STTA’s surprise announcement this week that it would not to renew her contract when it expires next Monday.

In a candid conversation Mr Sim had on his Facebook page yesterday (Oct 27) with some other users, he made clear why the association no longer wanted anything to do with Feng, a three-time Olympic medallist.

Here are the highlights:

On her disciplinary issues:



On those 200 eggs and why it’s a big deal:
 

On the importance of the reputation of STTA and Singapore:
 

On grooming local talent:


Source: http://themiddleground.sg/2016/10/28/sttas-deputy-president-said-feng-tianweis-sacking

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Re: Feng Tianwei [Disgrace]
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2016, 09:52:14 AM »
"来自天薇的声明:

今天,我和媒体联系,分享我日后的乒乓球训练计划,具体内容如下:

大家好。非常感谢大家对我的关注,让大家担心了,非常抱歉。这次的事件发生比较突然,我自己也需要些时间来调整,所以这几天一直没有发表任何言论,感谢你们的耐心等待。

自从我2007年开始代表新加坡队参赛以来,已经过去快十年了,期间取得了一些成就,成为世界冠军、获得奥运奖牌,站上了世界最高的领奖台,既圆了我儿时的梦想,还让新加坡国旗在国际赛场上高高飘扬,让新加坡国歌在国际赛场上声声奏响。这些成就的取得离不开新加坡政府,体育理事会、奥委会、乒总及各方的鼎力支持,在此,向他们表示最真挚的谢意。同时,我也想感谢一下球迷和支持我的人们,感谢你们一路风雨兼程的陪伴,让我在前行的路上充满动力,从未孤单。

新加坡政府给了我机会,让我成为新加坡公民,并代表新加坡参加国际比赛,乒乓球事业也是我多年奋斗的目标,我不会轻易放弃,我会继续打球、继续代表新加坡出征、继续拼搏在国际赛场上,我希望而且有能力让新加坡乒乓球事业发展的更好。向所有人证明新加坡政府对体育事业的支持一定是有回报的!

虽然不在乒总的团队了,但我还是会留在新加坡,仍旧是卓越体育奖学金得主,也正在跟各机构商讨继续参加比赛的事宜,乒总方面也表明会支持我参加国际比赛,所以我不会放松对自己的要求,要继续代表新加坡出赛。虽然在刚刚结束的奥运会上,很遗憾的与奖牌失之交臂,但是通过比赛让我认识到了自己还有很大的提升空间。接下来我会积极组建团队,聘请教练、陪练、和体能师,以一种新的方式出现在赛场上,也许会带来更多的发展空间。我要更加努力的训练和比赛,通过与世界顶尖高手的交流和较量,提升自己的能力。我也希望和期盼能有一个公平公开公正的竞争参加世界大赛及公开赛的机会,更希望能参加2020年奥运会,为新加坡拿到更多的奥运奖牌,拿到我职业生涯第四块奥运奖牌。

这两天一些报纸的不实报道对我人格人品进行了攻击,产生了非常恶劣的影响。我很震惊这些言论的出现。与乒总的合约期间,我没有欺骗任何钱财、和作出违背法律的事件。我已就这些不实之词咨询律师,希望今后不要再出现类似不实的报道。

最后,感谢大家和媒体朋友们给予我的空间和支持,我是新加坡的公民,能继续为新加坡的荣誉贡献力量是我的荣耀,请继续支持我,为我加油!I would like to contribute and continue to represent Singapore. From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much for your support.

谢谢大家!

冯天薇
Feng Tianwei"


Source: 28 October 2016, https://www.facebook.com/fengtianwei/posts/10154619442879197