As the White House intervenes, Novak Djokovic backs the WTA’s threat to China over the Peng Shuai issue.
Since accusing China’s former vice premier of sexual assault, Peng Shuai, a former No. 1 doubles player, has been’missing.’
Steve Simon, the WTA’s CEO, has threatened to pull all tour events from the country.
Novak Djokovic has backed the WTA’s decision to halt all tournaments in China until the’missing’ tennis player Peng Shuai’s case is resolved.
Since accusing China’s former vice premier of sexual assault on November 2, the former world number one has been silent.
The White House has also weighed in, denouncing China’s “silencing” of the tennis player and demanding proof that she is safe.
Peng Shuai took to Weibo, China’s version of Facebook, on November 2 to accuse now-retired politician Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault in a lengthy post, which also detailed an on-again, off-again consensual affair with the man 40 years her senior that began in 2011.
The post was taken down within half an hour, but Zhang’s allegations have continued to rock China and the rest of the world as the first allegation against a high-ranking member of China’s Communist Party, as Zhang served on the Politburo Standing Committee – China’s top ruling council – from 2012 to 2017.
When asked about the allegations, a spokesperson for Beijing’s foreign ministry denied all knowledge of them, saying, “I have not heard of it and it is not a diplomatic question.”
Since making the allegations, the Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion has not been heard from or accounted for, and the WTA president has threatened to pull all tournaments from China until the situation is resolved.
If Peng Shuai is not safe, and a full and fair investigation into her allegations is not conducted, Steve Simon, CEO and Chairman of the WTA, has stated that he will pull tour events out of the country.
“If it doesn’t happen, we’re ready to move on and deal with the challenges that will inevitably arise,” the women’s tennis director told Tennis Channel.
Now, ATP world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has backed the WTA’s decision to cancel all tournaments in China unless the situation is resolved.
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