Wimbledon calls for Peng Shuai's safety to be confirmed

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Wimbledon calls for Peng Shuai's safety to be confirmed

Wimbledon released a statement on the Peng Shuai disappearance on Saturday as the people from The All England Club insist they want Peng to be found safe and well. Peng, a former doubles world No. 1, went missing in China after accusing a former vice premier of sexual assault.

"We are united with the rest of tennis in the need to understand that Peng Shuai is safe," Wimbledon's statement read. "We have been working in support of the WTA's efforts to establish her safety through our relationships behind the scenes.

"Along with the global tennis community, we would like Peng Shuai to know that her wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us, and we will continue to work to gain clarity on her safety."

The concern regarding Peng is growing each day

This week, the WTA received a mail that was claimed to be sent from Peng.

In the mail, it was said that Peng was safe and that she made false accusations against a former vice premier. However, the WTA didn't believe the mail was really writen by Peng. "The statement released today by Chinese state media concerning Peng Shuai only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts," WTA CEO Steve Simon said.

"I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her. Peng Shuai displayed incredible courage in describing an allegation of sexual assault against a former top official in the Chinese government.

The WTA and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe. I have repeatedly tried to reach her via numerous forms of communication, to no avail. "Peng Shuai must be allowed to speak freely, without coercion or intimidation from any source.

Her allegation of sexual assault must be respected, investigated with full transparency and without censorship. "The voices of women need to be heard and respected, not censored nor dictated to”.