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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has reappeared in public

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai shared on social media that former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli sexually assaulted her. Shortly after Shuai accused the government official, she did not post on her social media platforms for 3 weeks. 

Her absence caught the attention of celebrities, lawmakers and tennis colleagues Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. As curiosity grew about the player’s whereabouts, Shuai appeared for the first time in public on November 21 in Beijing, interviewing with the International Olympic Committee, according to IOC President Thomas Bach. Shuai confirmed she was safe. 

The Women’s Tennis Association and the United Nations requested an investigation into Shuai’s allegations of sexual abuse.

Social media users have been reacting to the videos and photos of Peng that surfaced, demanding more proof that she is doing well and not being coerced by governmental officials. According to Reuters, China’s foreign ministry said people should stop the “malicious hyping” and “politicization” of Peng Shuai.

These digital demands arrive at a time when China is facing questions about the abuse of its citizens and countries threatening withdrawal from the Winter Olympics.

TAYLOR KNIGHT:

THERE’S NEW CONCERNS FOR A CHINESE TENNIS STAR, AFTER SHE DISAPPEARED THEN REAPPEARED OVER THE WEEKEND. 

PENG SHUAI VANISHED FROM SOCIAL MEDIA 2 WEEKS AGO AFTER SHARING ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE AT THE HANDS OF A HIGH RANKING GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL. 

IT LED TO OUTCRY FROM CELEBRITIES, HIGH PROFILE TENNIS PLAYERS, AND EVEN LAWMAKERS.

THEN OVER THE WEEKEND – A STEADY STREAM OF PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF THE GRAND SLAM CHAMP BEGAN SURFACING ON TWITTER – ALL POSTED BY THOSE WORKING FOR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. 

THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE – ALSO RELEASED A STATEMENT, SAYING THEY HAD SPOKEN TO SHAUI. 

THE IOC PRESIDENT SAYS SHE IS SAFE AND WELL, LIVING AT HER HOME IN BEIJING.

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES AND MANY LAWMAKERS AREN’T BUYING IT.

CHINESE AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT ACKNOWLEDGED PENG’S ME-TOO ALLEGATIONS. 

AND WITH SPECULATION ONLY GROWING – THE SCANDAL COULD BLEED INTO the UPCOMING BEIJING WINTER OLYMPICS. 

DO YOU THINK CHINA IS BEING TRUTHFUL? 

LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. 

 

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai shared on social media that former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli sexually assaulted her. Shortly after Shuai accused the government official, she did not post on her social media platforms for 3 weeks. 

Her absence caught the attention of celebrities, lawmakers and tennis colleagues Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. As curiosity grew about the player’s whereabouts, Shuai appeared for the first time in public on November 21 in Beijing, interviewing with the International Olympic Committee, according to IOC President Thomas Bach. Shuai confirmed she was safe. 

The Women’s Tennis Association and the United Nations requested an investigation into Shuai’s allegations of sexual abuse.

Social media users have been reacting to the videos and photos of Peng that surfaced, demanding more proof that she is doing well and not being coerced by governmental officials. According to Reuters, China’s foreign ministry said people should stop the “malicious hyping” and “politicization” of Peng Shuai.

These digital demands arrive at a time when China is facing questions about the abuse of its citizens and countries threatening withdrawal from the Winter Olympics.

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