Thursday, December 9

Peng Shuai case: Chinese athlete reappears at tennis tournament in Beijing

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.

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.

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