The Chinese tennis player, ‘missing’ for a few days, reassures the IOC president about her conditions
“I’m fine and I’m safe.” These are the words that the Chinese tennis champion Peng Shuai spoke in videoconference with the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, reassuring about her condition. The IOC himself reported it in a note after days of apprehension over the fate of the tennis player who disappeared following the denunciation of sexual abuse by the former deputy premier of Beijing, Zang Ghaoli.
In the video call with Bach, which lasted about thirty minutes, the Chinese tennis player thanked the Olympic Committee for the concern expressed for her health, explaining that “she is safe and well, and she is in her home in Beijing, but she would like that his privacy was respected at this time. That’s why he prefers to spend time with friends and family right now. However, he will continue to indulge in tennis, the sport he loves so much, “the IOC explains in a statement.
“I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was fine, which was our main concern. She looked relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time, which of course she appreciated, “said Emma Terho, resident of the IOC Athletes Commission, present at the video call together with IOC member in China Li Lingwei.
At the end of the call, President Bach invited Peng Shuai for a dinner once he arrived in Beijing next January, which she gladly accepted, and the two agreed to include Emma Terho and Li Lingwei.