Peng Shuai news: IOC plans to meet with Chinese player at Winter Olympics

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It has been revealed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week held a meeting with embattled Chinese player Peng Shuai and will meet her in Beijing during the Winter Olympics.

Shuai accused former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into having sex.

The 36-year-old later appeared in a video posted by Singapore media outlet, Lianhe Zaobao, denying ever calling out the former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli for forcibly having sex with her.

The tournaments in China has since been suspended by the women’s governing body, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), due to its concerns over her safety.

“Since the first call that the IOC held with Peng Shuai on 21 November 2021, the IOC team has kept in touch with her and had a number of conversations with her – the last one just the past week,” an IOC spokesperson said as reported by the Reuters.

“She mentioned again that she is looking forward to a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach and Emma Terho, the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, to which we had invited her in the first conversation.”

 

Tennis stars and spectators have since come out in support of the world No 307, some with T-shirts with her name written on them at the Australian Open.

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