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Peng Shuai denies that she wrote a letter of assault, the newspaper wrote

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has denied she was sexually assaulted, despite a November social media post where she accused a former top Communist Party official of pressuring her to act. sexual system.

The Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao published a video Peng said was shot on Sunday in Shanghai, in which she said she was mostly at home in Beijing but was free to go in and out as she pleased.

“First of all, I want to emphasize one very important thing. I never said I wrote that someone sexually assaulted me. I need to emphasize this point very clearly,” Peng told the newspaper’s reporter.

The reporters did not ask how or why the long and highly detailed November 2 post appeared or whether Peng’s account was hacked.

The newspaper said it interviewed Peng at a promotional event for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games starting on February 4. She was filmed on the observatory of a facility where she watched a skating competition snow free alongside former NBA star Yao Ming and other Chinese sports figures.

Peng was absent after allegations against former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli appeared briefly on her verified social media Weibo before being quickly deleted. Screenshots of the post have been shared on the internet, drawing widespread concern about Peng’s safety from politicians, fellow tennis stars and the World Tennis Association, which organizes announced the suspension of all events in China indefinitely.

Following the post, the three-time runner and former Wimbledon champion appeared standing next to a tennis court in Beijing, waving and signing oversized children’s tennis balls. The foreign branch of the state broadcaster also released an English statement attributed to Peng, withdrawing her accusations against Zhang.

WTA CEO Steve Simon questioned the legitimacy of the emailed statement while others said it only heightened their concerns about her safety. In her interview with Lianhe Zaobao, Peng said she wrote the statement in Chinese and it was later translated into English, but there was no significant difference in meaning between the two versions.

Zhang, 75, was a member of the party’s plenipotentiary Politburo Standing Committee until 2018 and a top lieutenant to president and party leader Xi Jinping. He has not appeared in public or commented on Peng’s allegations.

Simon said the move to suspend tournaments in China, including Hong Kong, comes with the backing of the WTA board of directors, players, tournaments and sponsors. It is the strongest public stance against China taken by a sports body – and one that could cost the WTA millions of dollars.

Simon has repeatedly called on China to conduct an investigation into the 35-year-old Peng’s allegations and allow the WTA to speak directly with the former No. 1 doubles player and title holder at Wimbledon and France. extend.

The IOC took a different decision, with top officials saying they believed Peng was fine after video chatting with her.

The controversy surrounding Peng has fueled protests over Beijing’s hosting of the Winter Olympics because of the government’s human rights abuses.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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