Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said Thursday that he would meet Peng Shuai during the Beijing Winter Olympics (February 4-20).
The Chinese tennis champion, who disappeared for a few weeks after accusing a former Chinese leader in early November of forcing her to have sex during a relationship that lasted several years, had caused concern in the world tennis, until she spoke by videoconference with the boss of the IOC.
An interview, during which Thomas Bach had invited Peng Shuai to meet him during the Olympic Games, which had not been able to prevent a controversy, the women’s tennis association deciding to end its tournaments in China to protest against the absence of transparency from Beijing on the player’s accusations.
In a statement to AFP, an IOC spokesperson said he had been in contact with her on several occasions, and again last week. The player would have indicated “to be delighted to meet the president of the IOC Thomas Bach and the president of the Athletes Commission Emma Terho”. According to the IOC, Peng Shuai plans to “closely follow” the Winter Olympics.
The player has appeared in recent months on videos showing her attending sporting events.