WTA demands investigation into Peng Shuai's disappearance after sexual assault claims against China politician

Peng Shuai, a tennis star from China, has actually not been openly seen or spoken with considering that implicating a previous senior figure in the Chinese  federal government of sexual attack on Nov. 2. Peng, 35, published that previous vice-premier Zhang Gaoli, 75, pushed her into sex. The post was removed by the nation’s web censors, however not prior to going viral.

In Peng’s claims, she composed that Zhang sexually attacked her after welcoming her to play tennis with him and his better half, according to The Guardian.

“I never consented that afternoon, crying all the time,” she composed in the post.

Peng likewise composed that she is devoted to exposing what she states happened.

“Like an egg hitting a rock, or a moth to the flame, courting self-destruction, I’ll tell the truth about you,” Peng composed.

Following the elimination of that post, other recommendations to Peng were likewise scrubbed from China’s web. Peng’s silence considering that Nov. 2 has actually captured the attention of Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) chair and president Steve Simon, who has actually requested a “full, fair and transparent” examination into the matter from China’s federal government.

Here’s what Simon stated, by means of The Guardian:

“The recent events in China concerning a WTA player, Peng Shuai, are of deep concern. Peng Shuai, and all women, deserve to be heard, not censored. Her accusation about the conduct of a former Chinese leader involving a sexual assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness.”

Simon stated the WTA was informed by numerous sources, consisting of the Chinese Tennis Association (CTA), that Peng was “safe and not under any physical threat,” however she still has actually not been spoken with considering that releasing the allegations on Nov. 2. Simon stated that, to his understanding, she remained in Beijing however has actually not had the ability to validate her location.

He included that the WTA, regardless of not having any control over what China is doing about the scenario, is “not going to back off this position.”

Others from around the tennis world are likewise voicing their issues for Peng. 

Former world songs No. 1 Chris Evert stated, “I’ve known Peng since she was 14; we should all be concerned. This is serious; where is she? Is she safe? Any information would be appreciated. She added that the the situation is “troubling.”

Billie Jean King composed, “Hoping that Peng Shuai is found safe and that her accusations are fully investigated.”

Peng was the doubles Wimbledon champ in 2013 and at likewise won at the French Open one year later on. She was the world top doubles gamer in 2014 and made history in China as the very first Chinese gamer to accomplish that No. 1 ranking. 

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