/ 23 November 2021

Fears for Peng persist…

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Peng Shuai disappeared earlier this month after making allegations on Chinese social media that she had been sexually assaulted by a senior political figure. And despite yesterday’s appearance on a video call with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who said she’s fine and “prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now,” alarm bells are ringing loud. The Women’s Tennis Association says the call and recent videos distributed by Chinese state media “don’t alleviate or address the WTA’s concern about her wellbeing and ability to communicate without censorship or coercion”. And Amnesty International warned the IOC against playing China’s game. “In the past, we have seen various similar cases where people had no option but to say what they had been told to.” The WTA continues to press for an investigation into Peng’s allegations.

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