/ 22 November 2021

Peng takes the call

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and living at home in Beijing – that’s the assessment of the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach following a 30-minute call with her this morning. She ”thanked the IOC for its concern about her wellbeing” and “would like to have her privacy respected at this time,” a statement says. And the pair teed up dinner in January when Bach arrives ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Peng came to international attention when she posted claims that she had been sexually assaulted by a former senior Chinese political figure on 2 November. And the call follows a busy weekend for China’s state media… The Global Times shared 3 videos of Peng in an attempt to soothe international concerns about her safety. It wasn’t enough for the Women’s Tennis Association which said the videos were “insufficient”. Some of the biggest names in tennis have expressed concerns for Peng, including Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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