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Peng Shuai case: DOSB boss hopes for Thomas Bach

As President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, Thomas Weikert is counting on the IOC President Thomas Bach to provide some clarity in the case of the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.

“I hope that Thomas Bach’s preferred quiet diplomacy will achieve something and that we will soon know what’s going on with Peng Shuai,” said Weikert on the ZDF “Sportstudio”.

Peng Shuai, the former world number one in doubles, 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. The women’s tennis organization WTA had always taken a clear position, called for clarification and withdrew from China with the tournaments. In public appearances, Peng later denied making any allegations.

With a view to the Winter Olympics, Weikert believes “that we have to speak out about human rights”. He hopes that Bach or the IOC will make a statement. “You can also express your protest diplomatically.”

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