A Chinese official slammed Western media and organizations for “maliciously hyping” tennis star Peng Shuai’s state of affairs in a uncommon remark by Beijing on the matter. 

Peng, 35, wrote a put up on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, alleging sexual abuse she suffered by the hands of China’s former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. Peng claimed Zhang, 75, compelled her to have intercourse regardless of repeated refusals following a spherical of tennis three years in the past. 

The put up was rapidly deleted and Peng disappeared from social media and public view for 2 weeks. Tennis gamers and officers, led by Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) CEO Steve Simon, are demanding a full investigation into Peng’s claims in addition to assurances of her security and wellbeing. 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a query on the day by day media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP by way of Getty Images)
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Beijing has maintained it’s “unaware” of Peng’s state of affairs, however Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, on Tuesday, made a direct touch upon the problem, taking purpose on the reporting on the matter after first claiming the problem was “not a diplomatic matter,” the BBC reported.  

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“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 informed reporters. “I think some people should stop deliberately and maliciously hyping [the issue] up, let alone politicize this issue.”

IOC President Thomas Bach speaks with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai via video call on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. 

IOC President Thomas Bach speaks with Chinese tennis participant Peng Shuai by way of video name on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. 
(Courtesy the International Olympics Committee)

Beijing maintained its stance final week in saying it was “unaware” of the matter however appeared to cave to strain from the WTA and calls for by the U.N. and White House for reassurances of Peng’s security: Chinese state-backed media printed pictures of Peng, then launched 4 movies over two days displaying Peng out in public, first eating at a restaurant after which attending a youth tennis match. 

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Her restricted public appearances culminated in a 30-minute video dialog on Sunday between Peng and IOC members, together with President Thomas Bach, Athletes’ Commission Chair Emma Terho and Member in China Li Lingwei. 

FILE PHOTO: Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai signs large-sized tennis balls at the opening ceremony of Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Final in Beijing, China November 21, 2021, in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. TWITTER @QINGQINGPARIS via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES./File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Chinese tennis participant Peng Shuai indicators large-sized tennis balls on the opening ceremony of Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Final in Beijing, China November 21, 2021, on this display seize obtained from a social media video. TWITTER @QINGQINGPARIS by way of REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES./File Photo

Peng thanked the committee for its concern and defined she is “safe and well” in her residence in Beijing and would really like her privateness revered.

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Terho stated the committee was “relieved” to see Peng was advantageous and “appeared relaxed,” however the WTA informed Fox News that the IOC’s name didn’t alleviate or handle the organizations’ considerations. 

The WTA harassed the necessity for Peng to talk “without censorship or coercion,” and highlighted that Beijing has not addressed the group’s name for “a full, fair and transparent investigation, without censorship” into Peng’s allegation of sexual assault.

Simon has threatened to tug the dozen or so WTA tournaments held in China every year if Beijing doesn’t comply with a proper, unbiased investigation into Peng’s allegations regardless that that transfer may harm tennis itself.