Lima, November 24, 2021Updated on 11/24/2021 08:30 am
The European Union asked the Chinese authorities for “verifiable proof” of the tennis player’s freedom of movement Peng Shuai and a “transparent” investigation into her allegations of the sexual abuse of which she claims to have been a victim, a spokeswoman in Brussels said on Wednesday.
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“We have seen the statements attributed to Peng Shuai and the images of his public appearance. However, the information about the abuse allegations and the fact that she has not been seen for two weeks is still very worrying, ”Nabila Massrali, spokesperson for EU diplomacy, wrote in a message to AFP.
“We are not in a position to comment on the allegations themselves, but we ask for a full and transparent investigation,” he added. “Requests for reliable information are legitimate,” insisted Massrali in response to the Chinese authorities’ call not to “politicize” or “expose” the case.
“We continue to ask the Chinese government to provide independent and verifiable evidence of the tennis player’s well-being and whereabouts. We hope that soon he will be able to resume his sporting and non-sporting activities ”, he concluded.
The 35-year-old athlete, a double champion at Roland Garros in 2014, published a long message on the Chinese social network Weibo in early November about her relationship with former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli, 40 years her senior.
In this text – in the form of an open letter – she extensively describes her feelings towards the former leader, retired since 2018. Among other things, she reproached him for having forced her to have sex three years ago.
Many world tennis stars, from Chris Evert to Novak Djokovic and several Western countries, including France and state United, have asked Beijing to clarify the whereabouts of Peng Shuai.
The young woman reappeared last weekend in a restaurant in Beijing and in a tennis tournament organized in the Chinese capital, according to videos published by official media.
On Sunday he also spoke by videoconference with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). According to the IOC, Peng Shuai explained that he was “safe at his home in Beijing, but that he would like his privacy to be respected.”
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