China tennis player Peng will reappear in public ‘quickly’ – Global Times editor

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BEIJING, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has been staying in her own residence “freely” and will make a public look “soon”, Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin, a distinguished state-media journalist, mentioned on Saturday.

Former doubles world primary Peng has not been seen or heard from publicly since she mentioned on Chinese social media on Nov. 2 that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli coerced her into intercourse they usually later had an on-off consensual relationship.

Neither Zhang nor the Chinese authorities have commented on her allegation. Peng’s social media put up was rapidly deleted and the subject has been blocked from dialogue on China’s closely censored web.

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“In the past few days, she stayed in her own home freely and she didn’t want to be disturbed. She will show up in public and participate in some activities soon,” Hu wrote on Twitter.

The Global Times is revealed by the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party.

Hu mentioned he had confirmed by way of his sources that photographs shared on Twitter by a journalist working for Chinese state media, purportedly displaying Peng at dwelling, depicted her “current state”.

Reuters was not in a position to confirm the authenticity of the images independently.

Amid rising concern about her whereabouts, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has threatened to drag tournaments out of China and the boys’s ATP has demanded readability from the Chinese authorities. The United States has referred to as for proof of Peng’s whereabouts and security.

The International Olympic Committee could possibly be pushed into taking a tough line with the 2022 Beijing Olympic hosts, senior IOC member Dick Pound has informed Reuters.

Thus far the IOC has declined to touch upon Peng’s matter, saying it believed “quiet diplomacy” provided one of the best alternative for an answer.

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Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Editing by William Mallard and Michael Perry

Peng Shuai of China gestures in her match against Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 18, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/File Photo