TI have WTA announced the cancellation of all tournaments in China before Peng Shuai The situation with the athlete, who disappeared from the public stage for several days after condemning sexual violence by the former Deputy Prime Minister of her country, is being clarified.
“Chinese officials were allowed to end this censorship by demonstrating convincingly that Peng is free and can speak without interference or intimidation.” Steve Simon, Executive Director Women’s Tennis Association, said. “And investigate allegations of sexual assault fully, fairly and transparently. Unfortunately, the Chinese leadership was unable to solve this serious problem in a credible manner, ”he said.
Simon announced the suspension of all women’s tennis tournaments to be held in China.
“I don’t understand how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and is pressured to deny her sexual assault allegations.”
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