There is still great concern from Europe about Peng Shuai. China is now more or less hitting back. The Asian superpower wants to combat the politicization of the tennis player’s case. Recently, Peng spoke with IOC President Thomas Bach.
That is a reason for China to stand up for it. “I believe you have all seen her attend some events and have a video call with the president of the IOC. Some people need to stop making more of it than it is and certainly politicization of this matter,” said Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Chinese government.
WORRY NOT OUT OF JOB
However, the WTA said immediately after hearing the video call that it remains concerned about whether or not Peng Shuai can communicate freely, without being censored or pressured. Concerns around Peng began to surface early this month after she announced on Weibo that she had been assaulted by ex-Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli.
Less than twenty minutes after Peng posted her message, it was taken offline. After which the player disappeared without a trace for weeks and nothing more was heard from her, until recently the first images of her have surfaced.