Chinese Diving Coach Threatens to Pull Divers From Country -- September 20, 2006

BEIJING, China, September 20. ACCORDING to Reuters reports, Yu Fen, China’s former Olympic diving coach, has threatened to pull her divers from the country due to local policies.

Operating out of Tsinghua University, Yu’s divers are not allowed to compete within the organizational structure of the Chinese national team. Since they do not train in diving exclusively throughout the day due to their studies at the university, Yu’s divers are considered non-specialists. The Chinese sports ministry excluded non-specialists from taking part in major events and Olympic trials.

Due to this policy, Yu has lost some of her students to the sports ministry training program.

In response, Yu is contemplating taking her students to train out of the country.

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