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House Foreign Affairs Committee rating member Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, slammed the International Olympics Committee after it participated in a video name with lacking Chinese tennis participant Peng Shuai and Chinese Communist officers.

“It has been disturbing to see the IOC take statements from CCP propagandists at face value since Peng Shuai’s disappearance, but their promotion of this latest stunt turns the IOC from willfully ignorant into an active participant in the CCP’s mistreatment of Peng,” McCaul stated in an announcement Monday.

Peng Shuai of China
(AP Photo, File)

McCaul’s assertion comes after Peng appeared in a video name with IOC President Thomas Bach, however the name was not made obtainable to unbiased media. The lawmaker additionally raised issues that the one different individuals on the decision had been a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party official and the vice chairman of the Chinese Olympic Committee.

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Video of Peng additionally surfaced on Chinese state media over the weekend, with the tennis star showing at a dinner with associates on Saturday and at a youngsters’s tennis event in Beijing on Sunday.

But the decision and photos of Peng have finished little to alleviate the fears of the Women’s Tennis Association, which has argued the tennis star ought to be capable to converse in a setting free of “censorship or coercion.”

“It was good to see Peng Shuai in recent videos, but they don’t alleviate or address the WTA’s concern about her well-being and ability to communicate without censorship or coercion,” a WTA spokeswoman informed ESPN. She stated the WTA continues to “call for a full, fair and transparent investigation, without censorship, into her allegation of sexual assault, which is the issue that gave rise to our initial concern.”

Peng Shuai of China (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Peng Shuai of China (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Concern for Peng’s well-being started on Nov. 2 after the previous ladies’s doubles world No. 1 posted accusations on social media that former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her. The submit was rapidly deleted and the subject was blocked from dialogue inside China, with Peng going lacking from public view for three weeks in the aftermath.

Peng’s suspicious disappearance has solely heightened calls from critics to boycott the Winter Games set to be held in China in February.

McCaul joined critics in calling on the Biden administration to take some variety of motion, calling the White House to “prepare our athletes for the hostile environment they will be entering.”

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)

“It’s clear the IOC is more interested in its financial relationship with the CCP than in protecting the well-being of Olympic athletes,” McCaul stated. “Given this direct collusion between the IOC [and] the Chinese Olympic Committee to marginalize and silence Peng, on top of the genocide and gross human rights violations perpetrated by the CCP, it is far past the time for the Biden administration to take a forward-leaning policy position on the Olympics and to prepare our athletes for the hostile environment they will be entering.”