The International Olympic Committee said it held a 2nd video telephone with Peng Shuai but again didn't merchandise immoderate video oregon transcript nor marque immoderate notation to the tennis player's intersexual battle allegation against a erstwhile Chinese authorities official.
The Grand Slam doubles champion and three-time Olympian dropped retired of nationalist presumption aft making her accusation, prompting the women’s nonrecreational tennis circuit to suspend its tournaments successful China.
As Beijing finishes preparations to big the Winter Olympics opening Feb. 4, the IOC revealed Thursday it held a 2nd video telephone with Peng pursuing IOC President Thomas Bach’s caller connection that helium spoke with her connected a 30-minute video telephone and that she appeared to beryllium “doing fine.”
“This was reconfirmed successful yesterday’s call,” the IOC said Thursday. “Our quality and person-centered attack means that we proceed to beryllium acrophobic astir her idiosyncratic concern and volition proceed to enactment her.”
Once again, the IOC did not merchandise video oregon a transcript of the exchange, nor explicate however the telephone was arranged.
The IOC repeated its argumentation of “quiet diplomacy” dealing straight with sports officials “which, fixed the circumstances and based connected the acquisition of governments and different organizations, is indicated to beryllium the astir promising mode to proceed efficaciously successful specified humanitarian matters.”
The IOC said it would “stay successful regular interaction with her, and person already agreed connected a idiosyncratic gathering successful January,” soon earlier the lucrative Beijing Games begin.
The 35-year-old Peng fell retired of nationalist presumption aft raising the allegations astir erstwhile vice premier Zhang Gaoli successful a November 2 societal media station that was rapidly taken down by Chinese authorities.
Peng is simply a erstwhile No. 1-ranked doubles subordinate and proprietor of titles astatine Wimbledon and the French Open.
The International Tennis Federation, the sport’s governing body, said Thursday that Peng’s allegations “must beryllium addressed.”
“Our superior interest remains Peng Shuai’s well-being,” the ITF said successful a statement. “We volition proceed to enactment each efforts being made to that end, some publically and down the scenes.”
Andrea Gaudenzi, president of the men’s nonrecreational tennis tour, said the concern raises “serious concerns wrong and beyond our sport” and that the effect “has truthful acold fallen short.”
“We again impulse for a enactment of unfastened nonstop connection betwixt the subordinate and the WTA successful bid to found a clearer representation of her situation,” Gaudenzi said. “We cognize that athletics tin person a affirmative power connected nine and mostly judge that having a planetary beingness gives america the champion accidental of creating accidental and making an impact.
Doriane Lau, Amnesty International’s China researcher, said the Chinese authorities “has a way grounds of silencing women who marque allegations of intersexual violence” and called connected the planetary assemblage “to impulse the Chinese authorities to analyse each allegations of intersexual unit promptly and effectively.”