Peng Shuai, the former World No. 1 doubles player from China made the headlines recently when she raised some serious allegations against the former Chinese Communist Party’s top leader. She made the allegations through a social media post which was taken down by the Chinese authorities.
Not only this, but her account from the social media platform Weibo also disappeared in no time. The Chinese government is known for pushing matters under the rug, especially when top government leaders are in question. This time, the Chinese are going one step further.
“Nothing more important to us than the health, safety, and welfare of the players”: PTPA
Not only has Peng’s account and posts disappeared, but her whereabouts are also not known. A lot of people are concerned about her well-being. Several tennis stars have come out in support of her. However, the Chinese authorities have started censoring their accounts as well.
Recently, it was reported that Naomi Osaka’s Weibo account has been suspended after she did a post in Peng’s favor. Looking at how things are panning out, the Professional Tennis Players Association has advocated for independent evidence that can confirm Peng’s location and well-being.
“There is nothing more important to us than the health, safety, and welfare of the players,” the PTPA’s statement read. The statement went on to add that relevant action will be taken if the evidence is not provided. Canadian tennis star Vasek Pospisil shared the PTPA’s statement on Twitter.
Evidently, a letter was issued which was allegedly written by Peng which stated that content published by WTA regarding her was not true. “Regarding the recent news released on the official website of the WTA, the content has not been confirmed or verified by myself and it was released without my consent,” the letter said. However, everybody is skeptical about the authenticity of the letter, and rightly so.