WTA CALLS FOR ‘FAIR AND TRANSPARENT’ PROBE INTO PENG SHUAI’S ALLEGATIONS AGAINST CHINA’S TOP PARTY OFFICIAL

In a statement released on Monday, the Women’s Tennis Association called for a ‘full, fair and transparent’ investigation into the accusations of sexual assault made by Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai against one of the country’s top party officials. The statement also called for an end to censorship against the former doubles player. Peng is one of the country’s leading sports figures and she had alleged that Zhang Gaoli coerced her into having sex with him and that they had an on and off relationship on the social media platform Weibo. 

 

After the post became viral and was screenshotted widely, it got deleted, subject to censorship from the government. She said she had no ‘evidence’ to back her claim. Zhang (75) was a vice premier between 2013 and 2018 and served on the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s top decision-making body, between 2012 and 2017. Penh has not put out a statement nor been seen in public ever since the post was put up and this has been concerning for many in the international community. 

 

“The recent events in China concerning a WTA player, Peng Shuai, are of deep concern,” said WTA Tour Chairman and CEO Steve Simon in a statement.“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”, the statement added. 

 

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