IOC reacts to WTA suspending tournaments in China over Peng Shuai case



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IOC reacts to WTA suspending tournaments in China over Peng Shuai case

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) claimed they held a second video call with Peng Shuai to again confirm that she is safe and well. Peng went missing in China after accusing a former vice premier of sexual assault.

The IOC held a 30-minute video call with Peng 10 days ago and later insisted the Chinese was safe and well. On Wednesday, the WTA made a radical move and suspended all tournaments scheduled to take place in China next year.

The WTA received lots of praise -- most notably from WTA players -- for the action they have taken. The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place in China and the IOC immediatelly reacted after the Peng news. "We share the same concern as many other people and organisations about the well-being and safety of Peng Shuai.

This is why, just yesterday, an IOC team held another video call with her. We have offered her wide-ranging support, will stay in regular touch with her, and have already agreed on a personal meeting in January," the IOC said in a statement released on Thursday.

The IOC again insist Peng is fine

"There are different ways to achieve her well-being and safety. We have taken a very human and person-centred approach to her situation. Since she is a three-time Olympian, the IOC is addressing these concerns directly with Chinese sports organisations.

We are using “quiet diplomacy” which, given the circumstances and based on the experience of governments and other organisations, is indicated to be the most promising way to proceed effectively in such humanitarian matters," the statement continued.

"The IOC’s efforts led to a half-hour videoconference with Peng Shuai on 21 November, during which she explained her situation and appeared to be safe and well, given the difficult situation she is in. This was reconfirmed in yesterday’s call.

Our human and person-centred approach means that we continue to be concerned about her personal situation and will continue to support her."