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IOC President video spoke with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai


Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), spoke with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai during a video conference of ” thirty minutes “ this Sunday, announced the Olympic body in a press release.

The Olympic Committee clarified that it “Had explained that she was safe and sound at her home in Beijing but that she would like her privacy to be respected”, during the call, which also brought together the president of the Athletes’ Commission Emma Terho, and the Chinese Li Lingwei, member of the Olympic Committee.

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The Olympic body also indicates that the 35-year-old player, former world No. 1 in doubles and star in her country, wishes “Spending time with friends and family at the moment”.

This is – a priori – the first direct exchange between the player and officials located outside China since the affair concerning her broke in early November, after a message posted on the Weibo social network on November 2.

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The post accused former top Chinese leader Zhang Gaoli, a powerful ex-Communist Party official 40 years his senior, of forced sex, before being quickly suppressed by Chinese authorities.



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