New images of Peng Shuai uploaded by China

A journalist from a Chinese state media posted online this Sunday, December 19 a new video and a photo, unauthenticated, of the tennis player Peng Shuai, whose fate worries the tennis community after her accusations against a former top Chinese leader.

Global Times reporter Qingqing Chen tweeted a seven-second video showing former World Doubles No. 1 chatting with former basketball star Yao Ming. According to the reporter, the video was sent to him by a friend and was shot during a Nordic skiing promotion event in Shanghai.

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The photo released on Sunday shows Peng Shuai posing with Yao Ming and two other Chinese sports figures: sailor Xu Lijia and former table tennis player Wang Liqin. Behind them, we can see the Shanghai Yangpu Bridge and a banner “FIS Cross-Country Skiing China City Tour”. The Shanghai stage of the Nordic ski circuit took place on Saturday, according to state media CGTN.

Twitter is not normally accessible in China. Only people with a VPN system can use it. Many diplomats and state media, however, have an account to ensure a Chinese presence.

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Peng Shuai accused former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli in early November of forcing him to have sex three years ago. Her message, posted on a social network, was promptly censored and the 35-year-old disappeared from radar screens for three weeks, causing concern in the tennis world.

Since the disappearance of Peng Shuai in mid-November, the WTA, the body governing the women’s world circuit, has canceled all its tournaments in China and calls for a transparent investigation into the player’s accusations.

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Chinese media have repeatedly published photos of the player, as well as a screenshot of an email attributed to her and where it is written ” everything is fine “ but the authenticity of which raises serious doubts.

The player also had a half-hour videoconference chat with the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach. But the WTA and many tennis personalities continue to call on China for more transparency on the fate of the young woman.

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