LTA calls Peng Shuai situation ‘very disturbing’ as Andy Murray adds message of hope
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has offered its assistance in efforts to find Peng Shuai as Andy Murray also raised awareness about the missing Chinese player’s whereabouts.
Peng has not been seen since making allegations of sexual assault against a former vice-premier in China two weeks ago, creating concern for her safety and well-being.
The head of the Women’s Tennis Association, Steve Simon, says Peng’s voice must be heard and the LTA has offered its support to the global body in any way it can.
— LTA (@the_LTA) November 19, 2021
“This is a very concerning situation, and we have written to the WTA offering our assistance in their efforts to establish the safety and well-being of Peng Shuai,” an LTA statement read.
“We are also keen to support any further measures that the tours can introduce to improve the safety of all players.
“The immediate priority is to establish that Peng Shuai is safe and well and, furthermore, that she is able to speak freely and not subject to any form of censorship.”
Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray also joined the #WhereIsPengShuai online movement as he shared a message on Twitter and retweeted French Open champion Barbora Krejickova’s speech at the WTA Finals.
“Female tennis player Peng Shuai whereabouts currently unknown after making Sexual abuse allegations against Chinese government official,” he wrote.
“This speech gives us a reminder and some hope that things can change in the future
Female tennis player Peng Shuai whereabouts currently unknown after making Sexual abuse allegations against Chinese government official.
This speech gives us a reminder and some hope that things can change in the future 🙏 #WhereIsPengShuai https://t.co/eKnLCHcPLj
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) November 19, 2021
The International Olympic Committee declined to comment on the matter, with Beijing set to host the Winter Olympics in February.
An IOC spokesperson said: “Experience shows that quiet diplomacy offers the best opportunity to find a solution for questions of such nature. This explains why the IOC will not comment any further at this stage.”
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