It’s been almost a month but no direct contact has been established between Peng Shuai and the outer world. It all started when the Chinese tennis player mysteriously disappeared after she made some serious sexual allegations against a prominent leader of the Chinese Communist Party.
A week ago, videos were shared on social media where Peng could be seen at an event. But it was rubbished worldwide as the video was shared a Chinese affiliated media source. Voices were once again raised for Peng’s safety and a few hours ago, WTA decided to suspend play in China until further notice.
Now, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has issued a statement stating that Peng is fine. The statement said that an IOC team held a video call with Peng offering her wide-ranging support.
“We share the same concern as many other people and organisations about the well-being and safety of Peng Shuai. This is why, just yesterday, an IOC team held another video call with her. We have offered her wide-ranging support, will stay in regular touch with her, and have already agreed on a personal meeting in January,” the statement read.
‘We have taken a very human and person-centred approach to her situation’: IOC
Many are questioning IOC’s claims because of their relationship with the Chinese organisation. But the governing body further added that they are doing everything needed with a person-centred approach.
The statement further read: “There are different ways to achieve her well-being and safety. We have taken a very human and person-centred approach to her situation. Since she is a three-time Olympian, the IOC is addressing these concerns directly with Chinese sports organisations. We are using “quiet diplomacy” which, given the circumstances and based on the experience of governments and other organisations, is indicated to be the most promising way to proceed effectively in such humanitarian matters.”
“The IOC’s efforts led to a half-hour videoconference with Peng Shuai on 21 November, during which she explained her situation and appeared to be safe and well, given the difficult situation she is in. This was reconfirmed in yesterday’s call. Our human and person-centred approach means that we continue to be concerned about her personal situation and will continue to support her.”
It is still unclear whether Peng is safe or not. While their is information which proves that she’s doing alright but the sources can’t be trusted. The matter will be cleared only when Peng herself appears and issues a statement of any sort.