New images. Faced with international pressure, Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai appeared once again this Sunday, November 21 at a tennis tournament in Beijing.
Wearing a navy sports jacket and white sweatpants, Peng Shuai appears in photos from the Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Finals, posted on the official China Open Weibo account.
Peng Shuai attended a youth tennis event held at NTC in Beijing on Sunday, Nov 21, 2021. Photo credit: China Open’s Weibo account. pic.twitter.com/x7XK29EZOi
– Jerry Liu (@Jerry_MSU) November 21, 2021
This is his first public appearance since his accusations of sexual abuse were widely censored on the Chinese internet.
As a reminder, Peng Shuai, 35, former world No. 1 in doubles and star in her country, had not been seen publicly since she accused Zhang Gaoli, a powerful ex-Communist Party official of 40 years old. elder, for having forced her to have sex during a discontinuous relationship of several years.
Evidence of the player’s health
Following a global outcry, including from tennis stars and the United Nations, Chinese state media published a series of footage purported to show all is well with the athlete.
A video of the event, posted to Twitter by Hu Xijin, influential editor of the Global Times, shows Peng standing in the middle of a group of guests whose names are announced to the applauding audience. A Global Times reporter tweeted another video showing Peng signing autographs for children at what appears to be the same stadium before posing for photos with them.
Hu Xijin, who claims a certain proximity to power, also posted two videos in the evening of the player “having dinner with her coach and friends in a restaurant” in Beijing and shot the same day, he said. AFP was unable to confirm the location or the conditions in which the footage was shot.