China’s state media publish another video that is said to show the tennis player, who is believed to have disappeared.
Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the state newspaper, posted on Twitter Global Times, a short clip to show Peng Shuai opening a youth tennis tournament in Beijing on Sunday. You can see how she and other guests are called by name and greeted by the audience with applause. She waves and smiles briefly, but does not speak up herself.
In early November, Peng Shuai accused a top Chinese politician of sexual assault on the Weibo social network. The Chinese woman has not been seen in public since then.
While it is positive to see her, it remains unclear whether Peng Shuai is free and able to make her own decisions.
Photos and videos do not provide clarity
On Friday evening, the Chinese state television reportedly distributed current photos of the tennis star on Twitter. On Saturday, a video was distributed – also via Twitter – that Peng Shuai is supposed to show while having dinner with friends in a Beijing restaurant.
“This video alone is not enough,” Steve Simon, head of the international women’s tennis organization WTA, commented on the restaurant clip. “While it is positive to see her, it remains unclear whether Peng Shuai is free and able to make her own decisions.”
It is not clear whether she can act without coercion. He continues to worry about their health and safety and that their sexual assault allegations are obviously being censored, Simon said. Because of the affair, the WTA threatens to withdraw the tennis tour completely from China.
Federer and Nadal “very concerned”
In the past few days, worldwide clarification has been demanded in the case of the former number one in the double world rankings. Meanwhile, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have also expressed themselves “very concerned”. Federer said up Sky Italy: “This news is very worrying. I hope it is safe. The tennis family stands together. I very much hope that she is fine. ” Nadal gave in The team on record that the most important thing is to know soon that she is fine.