The WTA continued to precise its issues for Peng Shuai after the Chinese language tennis star publicly stated that she had disappeared or been sexually assaulted.
Peng broke her silence in an interview with French publication L’Equipe, insisting she has by no means been “lacking” or sexually assaulted by anybody.
It’s the second time Peng has publicly retracted her preliminary allegations of sexual assault.
The 36-year-old first claimed through social media in November that China’s former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli sexually abused her in 2017.
After the publish was faraway from social media inside an hour, Peng was not seen in public for weeks, prompting the tennis neighborhood and followers to lift issues about her well-being amid WTA tournaments in China being canceled and a few international locations refusing to ship diplomats there Olympics 2022 in Beijing.
Regardless of her L’Equipe interview, Steve Simon, WTA chairman and CEO, admitted he nonetheless had issues about Peng’s security and well-being and insisted that her preliminary sexual assault allegations be investigated.
“It is all the time good to see Peng Shuai, whether or not in an interview or on the Olympics,” Simon stated in a press release on the WTA web site.
“Nonetheless, her current private interview doesn’t alleviate any of our issues relating to her first publish on November 2nd.
“To reiterate our view, Peng has taken a daring step by publicly elevating allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a senior Chinese language authorities chief.
“As we’d do with any of our gamers worldwide, we have now referred to as for a proper investigation into the allegations by the related authorities and a chance for the WTA to fulfill with Peng – privately – to debate their state of affairs.
“We stay agency in our place and our ideas stay with Peng Shuai.”