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IOC holds second Peng Shuai video conversation

By AFP
02 December 2021   |   12:14 pm
The International Olympic Committee said Thursday it had held a second video conference call with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who has accused a former Communist Party leader of sexual assault.

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 31, 2017 shows Peng Shuai of China reacting during her women’s singles match against Coco Vandeweghe of the US at the Zhuhai Elite Trophy tennis tournament in Zhuhai, in south China’s Guangdong province. – Tennis stars threw their support behind the WTA’s move to suspend its tournaments in China over concern for Peng Shuai, as calls grew on December 2, 2021 for other sports to follow suit. (Photo by AFP) / China OUT

The International Olympic Committee said Thursday it had held a second video conference call with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who has accused a former Communist Party leader of sexual assault.

The IOC said that the second call had confirmed that Peng “appeared to be safe and well, given the difficult situation she is in”.

IOC President Thomas Bach was criticised after the first call on November 21 for failing to make demands about Peng’s safety.

The Olympic body defended its approach again on Thursday, saying: “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.”

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