China Says There’s Nothing To See Here, Tennis Player Who Went Missing After Alleging Sexual Assault Totally Fine

Posted 9 days ago


China’s foreign ministry said the discourse surrounding tennis star Peng Shuai has been “maliciously hyped up” in its most direct acknowledgment of the controversy to date, BBC News reported.

Shuai disappeared from public life after making sexual assault accusations against a former Chinese official. She reappeared almost three weeks later and claimed her safety was not at risk, but concern has remained, BBC News reported.

“I believe you have all seen that she recently attended some public events and had a video call [with the president of the International Olympic Committee],” spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Tuesday, BBC News reported. He noted the issue was “not a diplomatic matter.”

“I think some people should stop deliberately and maliciously hyping [the issue] up, let alone politicise this issue,” he added.

Peng’s name has been censored in Chinese media since her allegations surfaced, but internationally, the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai has surged, The Guardian reported. Fellow celebrity tennis players, including Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, have voiced their concern over Peng.

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