Ellen Perez: Peng Shuai is all but free and safe

Australian tennis player Ellen Perez doesn’t believe that Peng Shuai is really safe as she suggested the Chinese was forced to do a call with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 

“The fact that Peng Shuai’s first video chat to say she’s safe is with the IOC indicates to me she’s not! Clearly fulfilling obligations to ensure a smooth Olympics in Beijing. If she was free and safe like she says she is things should look very different!” Perez tweeted. 

“My first call would be with the WTA who have poured out a lot of love and concern. Also since the WTA is  threatening to remove their business from China which is in turn her work (tennis) it would make sense to respond to them first and really reassure them she’s good.

“Yea it’s all just really sad and worrying. I just hope enough people keep asking the questions and piecing together that the facts just don’t add up.”

The tennis world has been concerned with Peng’s safety 

After accusing China’s former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault, Peng went missing in China. 

In recent days, Peng was seen at a restaurant, at a tennis event and she spoke with the IOC. 

“She explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time. That is why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now,” the IOC statement said.

IOC athletes commission chair Emma Terho insisted Peng was “doing fine.”

“I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern,” Terho said in the IOC statement.

The WTA was glad to see that Peng was alive but they made it clear they want more proofs that the Chinese is actually fine and that she has the freedom she should have. 

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