LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The International Olympic Committee said it had a second video call with Peng Shuai but again…
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – The International Olympic Committee said it had a second video call with Peng Shuai but did not again release any video or text and did not mention the tennis player’s sexual assault allegations against a former Chinese government official.
The Grand Slam doubles champion and three-time Olympic champion has withdrawn from public view after being indicted, prompting the Women’s Tennis Tour to suspend its tournaments in China.
As Beijing wraps up preparations to host the Winter Olympics from February 4, the International Olympic Committee revealed on Thursday that it had made a second video call with Ping following IOC President Thomas Bach’s recent statement that he had spoken to her in a 30-minute video call and it appeared she was. . to be all right”.
“This was reiterated in yesterday’s call,” the IOC said Thursday. “Our human-centered, person-centred approach means we remain concerned about her personal situation and will continue to support her.”
Once again, the IOC has not released a video or transcript of the exchange, nor has it explained how the call was arranged.
The IOC reiterated its policy of “quiet diplomacy” in dealing directly with sports officials “which, in light of the circumstances and based on the experience of governments and other organizations, is cited as the most promising way to move forward effectively in such humanitarian matters”.
The IOC said it would “remain in regular contact with it, and have already agreed to a personal meeting in January”, shortly before the start of the lucrative Beijing Games.
The 35-year-old fell out of the public eye after raising allegations about former Vice Premier Zhang Qaoli on November 2 on social media and was quickly deleted by Chinese authorities.
Peng is the former No. 1 doubles player and title holder at Wimbledon and the French Open.
The International Tennis Federation, the sport’s governing body, said on Thursday that Ping’s allegations “must be addressed”.
“Our primary concern remains the well-being of Peng Shuai,” the International Transport Workers’ Federation said in a statement. “We will continue to support all efforts to that end, both publicly and behind the scenes.”
Andrea Gaudenzi, head of the men’s professional tennis tour, said the situation raised “serious concerns inside and outside our sport” and that the response “has not been sufficient yet”.
“We are again urging for an open direct line of communication between the player and the WTA in order to get a clearer picture of her situation,” Gaudenzi said. “We know that sport can have a positive impact on society and we generally believe that a global presence gives us the best opportunity to create opportunities and make an impact.
Dorian Lau, Amnesty International’s China researcher, said the Chinese government “has a track record of silencing women who allege sexual violence” and called on the international community “to urge the Chinese government to investigate all allegations of sexual violence promptly and effectively.”
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