The Global Olympics Committee stated Sunday its president had had a 30-minute video name with Chinese language tennis famous person Peng Shuai, as world drive fastened for details about her wellbeing.
“Today, IOC President Thomas Bach held a video call with three-time Olympian Peng Shuai from China,” the organisation stated in a observation.
“At the beginning of the 30-minute call, Peng Shuai thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being,” it stated, including that “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. Nevertheless, she will continue to be involved in tennis, the sport she loves so much.”
The decision got here amid world fear for Peng’s wellbeing after she disappeared from public after alleging previous this month that former vice premier Zhang Gaoli, now in his 70s, pressured her into intercourse all over an on-off dating spanning a number of years.
Following an international outcry, together with from tennis superstars and the United International locations, Chinese language state media journalists have launched a flurry of photos purporting to turn all is definitely with Peng.
And reliable match footage confirmed she gave the impression previous Sunday at a Beijing tennis event.
Bach were accompanied at the name together with her Sunday by means of the chair of the IOC Athletes’ Fee, Emma Terho, and IOC Member in China Li Lingwei, who had recognized Peng for a few years from her time within the Chinese language Tennis Federation, the IOC observation stated.
“I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern,” Terho stated.
“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.”
The decision ended, the observation stated, with Bach inviting Peng “for a dinner once he arrives in Beijing next January, which she gladly accepted, and the two agreed to include Emma Terho and Li Lingwei”.
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