President of the Olympic Committee talks to Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai: “He is safe”

U.S.A.President of the Olympic Committee talks to Chinese tennis...

International Olympic Committee (EFE) President Thomas Bach

NS International Olympic Committee confirmed this Sunday that its president managed to have a 30-minute video call with the tennis player peng shui, while increasing international pressure for information about their welfare. The Chinese athlete was missing from public view for days after a former deputy prime minister of her country condemned the sexual abuse.

Today, IOC President Thomas Bach had a video call with Peng Shuai, a three-time Olympian from ChinaThe organization said in a statement. “At the beginning of the 30-minute call, Peng Shuai thanked the IOC for their concern for their well-being,” the brief notes, adding that he “He explained that he is safe and sound, staying at his home in Beijing.”

In recent days he has maintained silence and activated World Sport alerts, fearing his position, adding: “I want your privacy to be respected at this time.” In return, the IOC explained that the former world No. 1 player in doubles: “She enjoys spending her time with friends and family at this time. However, she will continue to participate in tennis, the sport she loves dearly.” “

The call comes amid international concern for Peng’s well-being after she publicly disappeared earlier this month after alleging that former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli, now 70, had sexually assaulted her. forced to make. ,

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai in file photo (EFE)
Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai in file photo (EFE)

Following worldwide outcry, including from tennis superstars and the United Nations, reporters from Chinese state media have released a series of images to show that all is well with Peng. And official photos of the event showed that he appeared at the Beijing tennis tournament on Sunday.

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The chairman of the IOC Athletes’ Commission had a phone call with Bach on Sunday. Emma Terho, and IOC member in China, li lingwei, who had known Peng for many years from his time in the China Tennis Federation, according to the IOC statement.

“I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was fine, that this was our main concern,” Tero said. “It seemed at ease. I offered him my support and got in touch at any time of his convenience, which he clearly appreciated.”

According to the statement, as the call ended, Bach invited Peng “after his arrival in Beijing the following January, which he gladly accepted, and agreed to include both Emma Terho and Li Lingwei.” Went.”

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With info from AFP

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