Since accusing a former Chinese leader of rape, the former doubles world No.1 is not seen in public. A disappearance which “shocks” the player Serena Williams: “we must not remain silent”.
Since her shocking revelations of November, she has not made any public statements. Peng Shuai is the Chinese tennis champion and she has now disappeared. She had accused a former top leader of China of forcing her to have sex. The concern has grown over the years. So much so, that WTA, the WTA that oversees world women’s tennis threatened Thursday to pull out of China. “The Obs” reviews the situation.
The 35-year old former world number one in doubles posted on her Weibo (Chinese equivalent to Twitter) a message accusing Zhang Gaoli, former Vice Premier, of having raped her and making her his mistress. Zhang Gaoli has not responded to these claims since.
The message is quickly deleted. Captures are taken and censored. When searching for Peng Shuai’s name online, China does not have any trace of it.
The accusation was also posted to Twitter (banned by China), and it received a worldwide response with the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai is getting bigger. Some of the greatest tennis players in the world are concerned. “Honestly, it is shocking that she vanished”No. 1 in the World Novak Djokovic spoke to the press. Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka was the former world No. “Shocked” by the circumstances. “Shocked”The American Serena Williams, also known as, also speaks “Upset”. “It should be investigated. We must not remain silent.”She posted the following on Twitter.
German Alexander Zverev comments:
WTA is the organization that runs professional women’s tennis. “A fair, thorough and transparent investigation of the allegations of sexual violence against Peng Shuai.”.
Steve Simon, WTA boss earlier in the week, said “Have been given confirmation by multiple sources including the Chinese Federation that she is safe and not being physically threatened.”. AFP was able to ask the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs if the latter would not make any statements.
A Chinese state channel CGTN revealed a suspicious email on Twitter on November 17. It was a screenshot taken from an email Peng Shoai sent to WTA management. In it, she claimed that her accusations had been proven false. “Are false”She is the best! “To rest oneself”. “Everything is fine. Thanks again for hearing from me ”The email is concluded. The message’s content raises questions about its authenticity. Steve Simon from the WTA believes it is a fake. “To reinforce [son]Beware!.
The WTA, faced with this situation, announced that it was looking at withdrawing its competitions. Steve Simon answered a question about CNN.
WTA also requires investigation “Transparent and fair”These charges will be charged.
Before the Covid, 10 tournaments were organized each year by the Women’s Tennis Association in China (outside of 60). This included its end-of season Masters in Shenzhen, South. Tournaments worth $ 30,000,000 (26.4 million Euros).