Written by Staff Writer
Peng Shuai launched into a heated tirade after being placed in a box to watch her video referral appeal.
Peng Shuai was given a code of conduct warning during the final of the women’s singles tennis tournament in Birmingham last night after losing her appeal to have a court referral during her second-round match in Birmingham handed over to the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Peng Shuai lost her appeal to have a court referral at the Diamond League event handed over to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) decided against her, instead applying a code of conduct warning.
“I’ve had lots of comments, but no real heart-searching, just puzzlement,” former chair of the anti-doping at the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound, told CNN Sport.
The Australian official said it was unclear why the ITF had not referred the action to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for an urgent decision.
“The French Open decided not to go to CAS,” he said. “CAS doesn’t tend to be overly fond of working on weekends, so they just stay away and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) sends it back to the ITF.”
The French Open has previously stood by its decision to decide that courts can be referred on the spot.
CAS quickly stepped in this year to stop the German Grand Prix from awarding a disqualification to Sebastien Buemi at the Nurburgring for his handling of the wheel on a testing session — after his teammate Simon Pagenaud was handed the drive on the last day of the test.
Pound was initially outraged by the way the ITF were reacting and the way it went about making their decision.
“They decided this instant (that it was only a code of conduct warning) so they’ve managed to send it back to her,” he said. “It doesn’t sound very solid to me.
“They’ve actually managed to send it back to her in a manner that absolutely inflames things.
“I was stunned. I didn’t know what to say. This was amateur psychology, and that’s what sport ought to be about — trying to figure out something else.
“Something would have needed to be done immediately. The ITF is not the right body to look at this. It’s part of the tennis federation, part of the Tennis Association, of the Olympics.”
Earlier Wednesday, the ITF released a statement that said Peng was fined £4,500 ($5,880) for her behavior following her second-round defeat to the German player Angelique Kerber.