On Nov. 2, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, 35, accused China’s former vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, of sexual assault back in 2017 via Weibo, a Chinese social media app. The post was swiftly deleted, and Peng Shuai seemed to disappear from public view. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), World Tennis Association, and prominent members of the tennis community took to social media to demand proof of life and raise awareness on Peng Shuai’s absence. Staged Situations Drive Concerns
Tennis players such as Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, along with WTA CEO Steve Simon, are demanding a full investigation into Peng’s absence from the public scene and media as well as into her claims of rape.
Last week, CGTN, a state-owned TV outlet, posted an email online supposedly sent from Peng Shuai to Simon, but he said the email only furthered his concerns about the tennis player's well-being. ...
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