LChinese tennis player Peng Shuai declare that “He has never accused anyone of sexual abuse” and that its post on the Weibo social network on November 2 was a “private matter” that people have “misunderstandings”, according to a video published last night by the Singapur Lianhe Zaobao.
The tennis player was in Shanghai participating in an event along with other Chinese sports stars such as former basketball player Yao Ming.
In his November statement on Weibo, a Twitter-like network, Peng revelation that he had an intermittent love affair with former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli for years, whom he accused of having sexually abused her on one occasion. The debate over Peng and Zhang’s relationship was quickly censored on Chinese social media and the original post (which read “That afternoon I did not consent and cried all the time”) volatilize.
Why should someone be watching me? I’ve been home in freedom
In the video, Peng is surprised when the reporter asks her if she has been in her home in Beijing “freely” and without surveillance and states: “Why should someone be watching me? I have been at home at liberty.”
A problem with English
The athlete also confirmed the author of a letter from her addressed to the president of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Steve Simon, and which was picked up by state television CGTN in mid-November: Chinese version and, as my english level is not too goodCGTN published a translated version with the same meaning as the original, “he explained.
In that letter, Peng claimed “to be well and resting” and denied being missing and allegations of sexual abuse, which increased the concern towards the Chinese player, of which images and videos were distributed, once again through media and journalists close to the Government, in subsequent days.
In addition, Peng maintained a video call with Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in which he reported that he was well and that he was in Beijing, insisting once again that his privacy be respected.
But nevertheless, The WTA decided on December 1 to suspend the tournaments held in China for the censorship and uncertainties that have surrounded the case.