DONG JIONG ASKS FOR A RAISE AND GETS SUSPENDED
January 30, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - According to reports from several
international badminton players, Dong Jiong of China, the winner of the men's
singles silver medal at the Atlanta Olympic Games, has been suspended by the
Chinese badminton association because he wants a bigger share of the prize
money that he wins at international tournaments.
In most badminton Grand Prix tournaments, the prize money is paid to the
badminton association of the winning players. The badminton association then
passes on a certain percentage to the player or players and retains the
balance to pay for tournament and training expenses.
In Western countries, most, if not all, of the purses are paid out to the
players. However, in the Asian associations, the players get a lower
percentage of the winnings. Chinese singles players only get 35% of their
purses while the doubles players get 42%. In another Asian country, their
players get 60-70% of their winnings.
Dong and other top Chinese players want to get paid a bigger portion of
the prize money that they win, while the Chinese badminton association,
faced with rising expenses and also a US10,000 fine imposed by the
International Badminton Federation last year after the last-minute
cancellation of the Chinese Masters tournament, wants to retain things as
Because of his demands as well as an early loss in the Japan Open, Dong was
withdrawn from the Korean Open last week and recalled to Beijing. He has
reportedly been suspended from the national team. Also reportedly suspended
is the Chinese number 2 singles player Sun Jun.
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