Sport & Rights Alliance rips IOC over their behavior in Peng Shuai case

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Sport & Rights Alliance rips IOC over their behavior in Peng Shuai case

The Sport & Rights Alliance has blasted the International Olympic Committe (IOC) over their behavior in the Peng Shuai case. Peng went missing in China after accusing a former vice premier of sexual assault and since then only the IOC was able to get into a direct communication with Peng.

No one -- including the WTA -- was able to get into a direct contact with Peng but the IOC got a chance to speak with Peng. The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place in China and nobody believed that Peng was actually safe and well when she said that to the IOC during their call.

After the call, the IOC tried to calm the situation down as they insisted that Peng was fine and doing well. The IOC was criticized for only being concerned about their interest regarding the 2022 Winter Olympics. "The behavior of the IOC in relation to Peng Shuai’s sexual assault allegations and disappearance has been irresponsible and shows just how hollow its understanding of human rights really is," Acting Director of the Sport & Rights Alliance Andrea Florence said, as quoted on Tennis Up To Date.

“The IOC’s eagerness to ignore the voice of an Olympian who may be in danger and to support claims of state-sponsored media in China shows the urgent and critical need for an IOC human rights strategy”.

The IOC insisted Peng was fine and safe

"She explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time. That is why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now," the IOC's statement read after their video call with Peng.

IOC athletes commission chair Emma Terho insisted Peng was doing fine. "I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern," Terho said in the IOC statement. "She appeared to be relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated."