BEIJING. The Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai appeared at a Beijing tennis tournament, according to official photos from the event, after international pressure to obtain information on his health.
Peng appears with a blue jacket and white sports pants at Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Finals, according to photos posted on the official Weibo account of the China Open. This is Peng’s first public appearance since his allegations of sexual abuse have been widely censored on the web by China.
The two-time Grand Slam doubles champion hadn’t been seen publicly since earlier this month she claimed former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli “forced” her to have sex during an extramarital affair lasting several years.
Following a global protest, including from tennis superstars and the United Nations, Chinese state media reporters have released a barrage of footage purporting to show that all is well for Peng. A video of the event, tweeted by the editor of the Global Times newspaper, Hu Xijin, shows the Chinese tennis player standing in a stadium among a group of guests whose names are announced amid the roar of applause.
A reporter from the Global Times tweeted another video showing Peng that signing autographs for children in what appears to be the same stadium, before posing for photos with them.