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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai refuses to make an allegation of sexual assault
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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai refuses to make an allegation of sexual assault

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has refused she ever accused anyone of sexual assault, in November, she herself had deleted her social media post that had emerged to make such a claim.

The well-being of Peng, a three-time Olympian, became an affair of trouble in November when she emerged to claim on social media that a former Chinese vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, had sexually assaulted her in the past.

In an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe at a hotel in Beijing, Peng said: “I never said anyone had sexually assaulted me in any way.”

Peng’s social media post, deleted fast after going online, guided the Women’s Tennis Association to suspend tournaments in China and begin an international shout about her safety.

A source at the International Olympic Committee confirmed, on Saturday Peng had met with President Thomas Bach for dinner inside the Winter Olympics bubble in Beijing.

Later on Monday, The IOC will issue a statement on Peng, the source told Reuters.

On Monday, at news information, IOC spokesperson Mark Adams said it was not up to the IOC to judge the truth of the sexual assault allegation or whether Peng was speaking under pressure.

He said, “We are a sporting organization, and our job is to remain in contact with her and as we’ve explained in the past to carry out personal, quiet diplomacy, to keep in touch with her as we’ve done, to meet her in person as we’ve done, and now invite her to Lausanne to see us.” 

He also added, “We as a sports organization are doing everything to ensure that she is happy.” 

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