News ID: 318126
Published: 1144 GMT November 22, 2021

Tennis player Peng has attended public activities, says China's Foreign Ministry

Tennis player Peng has attended public activities, says China's Foreign Ministry
REUTERS

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai signs large-sized tennis balls at the opening ceremony of Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Final in Beijing, China, on November 21, 2021.

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has attended public activities recently, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Monday.

Peng had disappeared from public view since she alleged on social media on Nov. 2 that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her, Reuters reported.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the state-backed Global Times, posted a 25-second video on Twitter on Sunday that showed Peng smiling, waving and autographing giant tennis balls for children at the Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Finals tournament.

Meanwhile, Peng said she was safe and well in a video call on Sunday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said, amid growing international demands for assurances that she is free and not under threat.

In a statement, the IOC said Peng had spoken to its president, Thomas Bach, for 30 minutes. “She explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time,” IOC said in a statement.

“That is why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now. Nevertheless, she will continue to be involved in tennis, the sport she loves so much.”

 

 

   
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