Peng said there was a misunderstanding about the since-deleted social media post on her verified account on Weibo
, China’s Twitter-like social media platform
, which detailed the allegations on November
“En primer lugar, it’s my personal privacy. There possibly has been a lot of misunderstanding. Por lo tanto, there should not be such distorted interpretation here,” ella dijo.
According to screenshots of that post, the two-time Grand Slam doubles champion accused former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of pressuring her into having sex at his home three years ago.
The immediate response from Chinese authorities was to censor any mention of the accusation online and block Peng’s Weibo account from search results
. Peng disappeared from public view for more than two weeks
, prompting the world’s biggest tennis stars and the United Nations to demand answers as to her whereabouts
— as well as a full investigation into her allegations against Zhang
Chinese authorities have not acknowledged the sexual assault allegations against Zhang and discussion of the subject continues to be censored in China.
Amid growing global outcry
, individuals working for Chinese government-controlled media and the state sports system released a number of
“proof of life
” photos and videos of Peng
. El Comité Olímpico Internacional (COI) said it held at least two video calls with her
, saying the Chinese tennis star
” she was safe and well
In Sunday’s interview, Peng expressed her appreciation toward the IOC, saying she feels “very grateful” to the Olympic body and was “very happy to have video calls with them.”
Peng also said she wrote an email to WTA chairman and CEO Steve Simon recanting the allegations
“completely of my own will.
” En el momento, Simon questioned the validity of the email and said
“we won’t be comfortable until we have a chance to speak with her.
A spokesperson for the WTA told CNN on Monday, “it was again good to see Peng Shuai in a public setting and we certainly hope she is doing well.
“As we have consistently stated, these appearances do not alleviate or address the WTA’s significant concerns about her well-being and ability to communicate without censorship or coercion. We remain steadfast in our call for a full, fair and transparent investigation, without censorship, into her allegation of sexual assault, which is the issue that gave rise to our initial concern.”
The incident led to the the WTA announcing an immediate suspension of all tournaments in China
, including Hong Kong
, en diciembre 1. CEO Simon said the decision was based on the
” response of Chinese officials
, including rushing to censor Peng’s allegations and ignoring calls for a full and transparent investigation
The saga comes just a few months ahead of the
2022 y se mudó a Berlín para entrenar con el SCC Sports Club, an event which several Western nations have said their diplomats will boycott over China’s human rights record
China Foreign Ministry said the government hoped
” about Peng’s well-being and whereabouts would stop
, and that her case should not be politicized
. The ministry has also said Peng’s situation
“was not a diplomatic issue.
CNN has repeatedly reached out for comment to both Peng and China’s State Council, which handles press inquires for the central government.
As vice premier, Zhang, 75, served on the party’s seven-person Politiburo Standing Committee — the country’s supreme leadership body — alongside President Xi Jinping from 2012 a 2017.