The world is asking for information in the wake of tennis player Peng Shuai’s disappearance after she accused a top Chinese political leader of rape. On Saturday, November 20, 2021, the boss of the WTA put pressure on China.
Worried, internet users and tennis superstars from around the world asked for answers using the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai on the networks. To curb growing international pressure, the Chinese regime released a video on Saturday, November 20 showing the racquet professional at a dinner party. Silent and surrounded by two other women, Peng Shuai listens to her coach discussing upcoming matches. The latter even specifies the date “Tomorrow is November 20“before being corrected by a guest”It’s the 21The exchange, as useless as it is suspected of being staged, is not enough for the WTA, which manages the women’s tennis circuits. The boss, Steve Simon, who had previously requested the opening of a full investigation and without censorship, made yet another threat against the Middle Kingdom.
Puzzled, Steve Simon commented in an official statement from the WTA : “I am happy to see videos posted by Chinese state media that appear to show Peng Shuai in a restaurant in Beijing. Although it is positive to see her, it remains unclear if she is free and able to make decisions and act on her own, without coercion or outside interference.“With the same firmness, he continued:”This video alone is insufficient. As I said from the start, I remain concerned about Peng Shuai’s health and safety and that the sexual assault allegation is being censored and swept under the rug. I have been clear on what needs to happen and our relationship with China is at a crossroads. ”Sunday, November 21, the outcry is fueled by the release of a new video, showing it at an awards ceremony.
Where is Peng Shuai?
The question is on everyone’s lips and magazine covers, with the sweet, smiling face of this former world number 1 in doubles tennis in mind. The Chinese sportswoman accused, in early November via the social network Weibo, a senior political leader of her country of sexual assault. Zhang Gaoli, a former Communist Party official who is 40 years her senior, allegedly forced her into sex. Since then, the alleged victim has disappeared from the media sphere. The yellow ball federations have no more news, the young woman and her family are nowhere to be found. And it is not the Chinese state media that will succeed in eliminating all fears.