Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, whose wellness has actually been the topic of worldwide issue for weeks, stated Sunday that she never ever implicated a previous leading federal government authorities of sexually attacking her which her previous social networks post on the matter led to “lots of misconceptions.”

Peng’s most current declaration comes a month after she initially declared she was sexually attacked by previous Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli in a post on November 2. That post was rapidly removed and censured by Chinese media, and bit has actually been openly spoken with Peng because.

World tennis bodies, human rights groups and different federal government leaders have actually given that required examinations into China’s handling of the matter, in addition to evidence that Peng is safe and acting out of her own free choice.

” First, I require to worry one point that is very crucial: I have actually never ever stated or composed that anybody has actually sexually attacked me, I need to plainly worry this point,” Peng stated in the brand-new message published Sunday by Singapore media outlet Lianhe Zaobao, according to Reuters.

Peng went on to state that the initial accusation published on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform was a “personal matter,” which led individuals to have “lots of misconceptions,” without elaborating even more. The 35- year-old tennis star made no reference of Zhang.

Peng likewise stated that she personally composed a letter last month to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rejecting the attack allegations, according to Reuters. At the time, WTA head Steve Simon stated he had a “had a difficult time thinking” that Peng had really composed the message herself.

The video message was shot throughout a cross-country snowboarding occasion in Shanghai, and marked the very first time Peng dealt with the matter on video camera in public. Because her initial claims, Peng has actually not appeared or spoken in public without the existence of a Chinese authorities.

Peng Shuai Denies Assault Allegations
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai (above) on Sunday rejected ever implicating anybody of sexual attack after weeks of global issue.
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Peng has actually up until now taken part in simply 2 video calls with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), however the company came under fire for not launching records or videos of those interactions. Previously this month, the company stated it would schedule a “individual conference” with Peng to stop public protest.

Peng’s latest video likewise came simply days after a U.S. Olympic authorities called the circumstance “unfortunate” and advised China to finish an independent examination into the attack claims.

” I believe this is an unfortunate scenario,” Susanne Lyons, chair of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), stated Friday, according to the New York Times “One of the most essential lessons that we at the USOPC have actually found out through the previous a number of years is not just to listen to survivors of abuse however likewise to think them and secure them from retaliation. This strikes close to house.”

Amid the Peng debate and other supposed human rights offenses, the U.S. has actually moved on with executing a diplomatic boycott versus the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympic video games. The boycott will still permit American professional athletes to contend in the video games, however it is viewed as a symbolic position versus China.


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