IOC Officials: Chinese Tennis Star Peng Says She’s Safe Amid Global Alarm-Rita Li

Olympic officials appear to have secured the first chance to reach the disappeared Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, as sports officials outside of China were eager to hear directly from the player. According to a press release from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Peng told IOC officials in a video call from Beijing on Nov. 21 that she was safe and well. The 30-minute video call was held by IOC President Thomas Bach, and joined by athletes’ commission chair Emma Terho and IOC Member in China Li Lingwei. It comes after the three-time Olympian disappeared from public view for nearly 20 days after a now deleted post appeared on her Weibo account earlier this month, accusing a former leading Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official of sexual assault. Until now, efforts from those outside of China to contact former doubles world number one via various methods have led nowhere. Growing concerns around the … Olympic officials appear to have secured the first chance to reach the disappeared Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, as sports officials outside of China were eager to hear directly from the player. According to a press release from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Peng told IOC officials in a video call from Beijing on Nov. 21

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