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Peng Shuai: Olympics officials announce second call with Chinese tennis player, WTA stands by decision
WTA pulls China tournaments over Peng Shuai, Enes Kanter Freedom urges US major sports leagues to ‘take note’
Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter Freedom argues the Chinese government is trying to ‘control the narrative’ around tennis star Peng Shuai.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) claimed Wednesday that it had a second video call with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai after the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) decided to suspend all tournaments in China and Hong Kong.
Peng, 35, wrote a post on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, alleging sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of China's former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. Peng claimed Zhang, 75, forced her to have sex despite repeated refusals following a round of tennis three years ago.
The post was quickly deleted and Peng has since disappeared from social media and public view. Tennis players and officials, led by WTA CEO Steve Simon, demanded a full investigation into Peng’s claims as well as assurances of her safety and wellbeing.