Peng Shuai.

Peng Shuai. © AP

New images have surfaced of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who appeared to have disappeared for some time after accusing an important Chinese politician of sexual assault. The video footage shows Peng briefly during a tennis tournament in Beijing.


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Peng stands among other guests during the opening ceremony of the youth tournament. She wears a dark blue jacket and white trousers and smiles at the audience when she is announced. In other images she is signing autographs to children.

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The images were distributed by organizer China Open, via the social medium WeChat. State media posted them on Twitter.

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These are the first moving images of Peng since her disappearance, after she accused former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex on Nov. 2. Shortly after that accusation, her post on the social medium Weibo was removed and she appeared to have disappeared from the face of the earth. In recent days, various governments and agencies have already expressed their concern about the fate of the player.

Tennis federation WTA told Reuters news agency on Sunday that the video images do not change their concerns about her condition.

In the meantime, after the United Nations and the United States, the government in London is now also pressing for more clarity about the fate of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. In a press release Saturday evening, the British Foreign Secretary wanted “verifiable evidence” about the young woman’s safety and where she is.

‘Free in your own home’

In recent days, Chinese state media released an email and photos from Peng, but there are doubts about its authenticity. State media reported on Saturday that the young woman is “free” in her own residence and will appear in public “soon”.

“We are extremely concerned about the apparent disappearance of Peng Shuai and are following the case closely,” it said in a statement from the British Foreign Office on Saturday evening. “Beijing urgently needs to come up with verifiable evidence.”

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