In supervised interview, Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai denies making sexual assault accusation – POLITICO

Chinese tennis champion Peng Shuai denied accusing anyone of sexual assault, in an interview published Sunday night with French sports newspaper L’Équipe.

Peng sparked international concern in November last year after she briefly disappeared shortly after alleging on social media that a former senior Chinese Communist Party official, Zhang Gaoli, had sexually assaulted her in the past. . The post was later deleted.

Speaking at the Beijing Winter Olympics at a hotel used by the Chinese Olympic Committee, Peng told the French newspaper: “I never said someone sexually assaulted me.” Peng also told L’Équipe that she “never disappeared” and deleted her post because she “wanted to.”

The Team said the questions were submitted in advance and the newspaper agreed to publish Peng’s answers without comment. The interview was conducted in Chinese and translated into English by a Chinese Olympic official, according to L’Équipe.

The remarks echo similar comments Peng made in December to Singaporean outlet Lianhe Zaobao that there were “misunderstandings” around his message.

On Saturday, Peng Shuai met with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach over dinner, the IOC said in a statement. The statement did not refer to his interview or the alleged sexual assault, but did discuss the possibility of Peng traveling to Europe “when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.”

When asked if Peng speaks freely, the International Olympic Committee spokesman called the IOC a purely sports organization. “I don’t think it’s up to us to judge, just as it’s not up to you to judge, one way or another, his position,” he added. noted.


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