November 27, 2021

Missing Chinese Tennis Player Makes First Public Appearance In Weeks

A Chinese tennis participant who had been presumed to be lacking after accusing former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault was noticed at a tennis match on Sunday.

Peng Shuai, 35, hadn’t been seen out since November 2, when she posted the accusation to social media. The submit was rapidly deleted, and China’s censored press ignored the story. 

Shuai was noticed in a darkish blue blazer at a Beijing tennis match, an occasion sponsored by the China Open. She was seen posing with company on the Fila Youngsters Junior Tennis Challenger Finals.

Nevertheless, skeptics concern that the optics have been staged and that Shuai could also be held in opposition to her will. She has not spoken freely since she got here ahead with sexual assault allegations. 

Then on Sunday, the Worldwide Olympic Committee says they spoke to Shuai for half-hour and she or he “appeared relaxed” all through the decision. Shuai thanked the committee for his or her concern and advised them she was secure at house in Beijing. She requested that her privateness be revered.

“I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated,” IOC Athletes’ Fee Chair Emma Terho stated.

Terho was joined on the decision by IOC President Thomas Bach and IOC Member in China Li Lingwei and Shuai.