After the planned meeting between tennis player Peng Shuai and IOC boss Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee only wants to publish details at the Chinese woman’s request.
“We respect her right to say what she wants, when she wants it. It’s a very sensitive issue,” said IOC spokesman Mark Adams in Beijing. The Peng Shuai case has been moving the world for several months after the 36-year-old published allegations of sexual assault by a top Chinese politician on the social network Weibo in early November.
The post was deleted soon after. Since then, athletes, politicians and human rights activists have expressed concern for their well-being. Peng Shuai later denied making the allegations. However, their statements seemed posed.
Shortly before the opening of the Winter Games in Beijing, IOC President Bach had confirmed that he wanted to meet Peng Shuai during the Olympic days. Spokesman Adams did not want to confirm information that the former world number one in doubles had already arrived in the closed corona bubble for the games. He also gave no information on the question of whether Peng Shuai would attend competitions with Bach.
“The meeting will take place. We will speak to her. She will decide what we announce about it afterwards,” Adams said. Bach had previously said he was “very glad and grateful to Peng Shuai” that the meeting would take place. You have to respect Peng Shuai and find out how she sees the situation herself. Whether there should be further investigations into the matter must be the decision of the tennis player.