International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach made a video call with tennis player Peng Shuai from China. She temporarily disappeared after she accused the politician Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.
The conversation lasted 30 minutes. The tennis player said she was safe at her home in Beijing and would like her privacy to be respected at this time, the IOC said. She also revealed that she continues to play tennis and thanked the committee for taking care of her well-being. Peng Shuai agreed to Mr Bach’s offer to dine when he arrives in Beijing in January 2022. During the video call, the head of the IOC Athletes’ Commission Emma Terho and IOC member in China Li Lingwei also spoke to the athlete.
Peng Shuai said in November on her Weibo account, the Chinese counterpart of Twitter, that she had been sexually assaulted by former Vice Premier of the State Council of China Zhang Gaoli. The statement of the 35-year-old tennis player was almost immediately deleted, and she herself stopped contacting. The Chinese state broadcaster China Global Television Network then posted a letter written on her behalf denying that the tennis player had been abused. The day before, Peng Shuai appeared in public.
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