Peng Shuai has told that international concern over her well-being is based on “an enormous misunderstanding” and she denied having accused a Chinese official of sexual assault. L’Equipe, which specializes in sports news. The International Olympic Committee released a statement saying IOC President Thomas Bach had dinner with Peng on Saturday, and she attended the China-Norway curling match with IOC member Kirsty Coventry.
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The International Olympic Committee released a statement saying IOC President Thomas Bach had dinner with Peng on Saturday, and she attended the China-Norway curling match with IOC member Kirsty Coventry.
The newspaper said it had to submit questions in advance and that a Chinese Olympic committee official sat in on the discussion and translated her comments from Chinese. L’Equipe asked Peng about a post in November on her verified account on a leading Chinese social media platform, Weibo, which kicked off a storm of international concern about her.
Zhang Gaoli, a former vice-premier and member of the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee, had forced her to have sex despite repeated refusals. Even they had sex once seven years ago and she had feelings for him after that. Peng briefly disappeared from public view, then appeared at some promotional appearances arranged by the government.
The interview with L’Equipe was her first sit-down discussion with non-Chinese media since the accusation. But speaking to L’Equipe, Peng denied having accused Zhang of assault. The allegations were quickly scrubbed from her verified account on a leading Chinese social media platform, Weibo.
She subsequently dropped out of public view for a while. Bach dined with Peng on Saturday, a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the Winter Olympics. Peng also attended the China-Norway Olympic curling match with IOC member Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe.
In the interview with L’Equipe, Peng did not reply directly to a question about whether she has been in trouble with Chinese authorities since the post. Instead, she responded with a pat-sounding answer that echoed views often expressed by the Chinese government about sport and politics.
Peng thanked fellow players who expressed concerns about her. They included 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who tweeted “we must not stay silent” in November and called for an investigation.
The women’s professional tennis tour suspended all WTA tournaments in China because of concerns about Peng’s safety. Peng told L’Equipe that a WTA mental health counseling unit sent her emails and a text message.
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