The International Olympic Committee has arranged a “personal meeting” with Peng Shuai, a Chinese tennis star who disappeared of public view after accusing a top former Chinese officials of sexual assault.
The IOC’s statement came as the world countries called for more proof of Peng’s safety before the Olympic Games.
The 2020 Winter Games will be held in Beijing, the Chinese capital that has already faced backlash as the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced suspension of tournaments in China and Hong Kong over controversy surrounding Peng’s safety.
“Given the current state of affairs, I am also greatly concerned about the risks that all of our players and staff could face if we were to hold events in China in 2022,” WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon said the other day.
“We share the same concern as many other people and organizations about the well-being and safety of Peng Shuai. This is why, just yesterday, an IOC team held another video call with her. We have offered her wide-ranging support, will stay in regular touch with her, and have already agreed on a personal meeting in January,” the IOC said in a statement.
“There are different ways to achieve her well-being and safety. We have taken a very human and person-centred approach to her situation. Since she is a three-time Olympian, the IOC is addressing these concerns directly with Chinese sports organizations,” the statement reads
It furthered, “We are using quiet diplomacy which, given the circumstances and based on the experience of governments and other organizations, is indicated to be the most promising way to proceed effectively in such humanitarian matters.”
The IOC assured to continue to be concerned about Peng’s personal situation and will continue to support her.
Controversy and public disappearance of Peng comes after she alleged she was sexually assaulted by China’s former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.
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