Voice from fans in Holland

オランダのバドミントンファンが、バドミントン協会とヨネックスに向けて異例のアピールを行った。内容は、今月15~20日に地元アムステルダムで開催される国別対抗の欧州選手権(European Mixed team championships)に主力4選手が出場できるよう訴えるもの

対象となっているのは、男子シングルスのディッキー・パルヤマ選手(世界ランク23位)とエリック・パン選手(世界38位)、女子シングルスのヤオ・ジエ選手(世界14位)とジュディス・ミューレンディクス選手(世界28位)。いずれもオランダのトップ選手だが、ミューレンディクス選手がデンマークのFORZA、そのほかの3選手が英国のカールトンをスポンサーに付けており、オランダバドミントン協会が用具提供契約を結ぶヨネックスと異なる

オランダの代表として大会に出場するには契約上、ユニフォームをはじめ、ヨネックスの用具一式を使用しなければならず、スポンサー間の兼ね合いで4選手は出場機会を奪われる。そのため、とりわけ欧州30カ国余りが参加する地元開催の今大会で国内ベストの選手による試合とメダル獲得を期待するファンは、4選手の出場を可能にするため、それぞれのラケット使用とストリングス部分のブランドロゴ掲載だけでも認める寛大な措置(オプション)を協会とヨネックスに求めている

Dear mr Yoneyama, Dear mr Yuza,

As badminton fans in Holland we would like to call on you to make it possible for the Dutch association (‘Badminton Nederland’) to select the absolute top single players in Holland to play for the Dutch national team in the European Championships for mixed teams in Amsterdam.

We are badminton players and coaches using all the different brands and we have very little understanding for this situation in which the host country of the European Championships for mixed teams has been ‘beheaded’. This will leave Holland without any serious chance for the title in Amsterdam.

Yonex as the self proclaimed world’s nr. 1 in badminton has the opportunity to become the most respected and understanding in this conflict by allowing Holland’s best single players to play with their own rackets including logo of the racket brand on their strings (as is common practice in Europe).

We don’t believe that it has ever been the intention of Yonex to exclude top players from National Team events and in the contract with the Dutch association there should have been an option to avoid these kind of situations. There are no other sports where this has happened over material matters, like rackets and the use of the logo.

At this moment we can only see losers and nobody gaining anything. There’s merely negative media attention: the four players are sad, the players who are selected are uncomfortable, the City of Amsterdam is very unhappy, and most of all: the many many fans in Holland feel very much let down by taking away the best games.

It is within your power to correct the whole situation and make it perhaps the most positive news of the year in badminton worldwide when you allow the Dutch association to let the four players play in Yonex clothing and with their own racket including logo of the racket brand on the strings, like it is done in all other European countries. Yonex will undoubtedly enjoy exposure in all the different media in the most positive way thinkable.

We feel that like ourselves you would want to see the Dutch team achieve a medal in such an important event and hope you will do the honourable thing in order to avoid an embarrassing performance of the Dutch team in Amsterdam.

Yours sincerely,
Badminton fans in Holland

(source;  http://badmintonline.nl/nieuws/2011/02/the-honourable-thing-to-do)

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