Olympic officials: Chinese tennis star Peng says she is safe

Peng “thanked the IOC for its concern for her well-being,” the Swiss Olympic body said in a statement.

“She explained that she’s safe and well, living in her home in Beijing, but that she wants her privacy respected at the moment. That’s why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now, ”Is stated in the statement.

Peng, who played for China at three Olympics from 2008 to 2016, made the accusation of sexual assault on Chinese social media three weeks ago against a former member of the Communist Party’s ruling Standing Committee, Zhang Gaoli.

That post was removed within minutes and the former top-ranked doubles player disappeared from public view. She did not respond publicly to requests for information to show she was safe.

Money adds to one increasing number of Chinese businessmen, activists and ordinary people who have disappeared in recent years after criticizing party figures or in actions against corruption or pro-democracy and labor rights campaigns.

Some reappear weeks or months later without explanation, suggesting that they be warned not to reveal that they were detained or the cause.

Bach, the IOC president, has invited Peng to attend a dinner when he arrives in Beijing in January, “which she gladly accepted,” the IOC said Sunday. Terho and Li were also invited.

“I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing well, which was our main concern,” Terho said in the IOC statement. The ice hockey player from Finland represents athletes on the IOC’s board.

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