- Peng said she is safe despite the “difficult situation” she is in right now, according to CNN.
What happened to Peng Shuai?
In November social media post, Peng accused a former top official of the Community Party — Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli — of sexual assault in his home three years ago, which has since been deleted, per the Deseret News.
- Since then, Peng disappeared from public view for more than two weeks. Officials have been trying to speak with her to make sure she’s safe.
Is Peng Shuai safe?
- “She explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time,” the IOC said. “That is why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now.”
The IOC had a second call with Peng this week. The IOC told her that it offered “wide-ranging support,” and hoped to stay in touch with her, according to CNN.
- In fact, the group “already agreed on a personal meeting in January,” the IOC said.
Any other responses?
The Women’s Tennis Association said it would suspend all tennis tournaments in China, including Hong Kong, over the situation with Peng.