• World Leaders Unite, Calls For Proof Of Chinese Tennis Star Peng Shuai's Whereabouts

    Peng Shuai has gone missing since alleging that she was sexually assaulted by a former vice-premier of China

    The disappearance of Chinese Tennis star Peng Shuai has brought together the United States and the United Nations demanding proof of her whereabouts.

    The Tennis player has gone missing since alleging that she was sexually assaulted by a former vice-premier of China.

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that President Joe Biden's administration has asked China to provide "independent, verifiable proof" of Shuai's whereabouts and expressed "deep concern" about the former world top-ranked Tennis player.

    Tennis stars, sports bodies, governments and human rights defenders have all come forward seeking answers on 35-year-old Shuai's whereabouts. She revealed the incident in a now-deleted Weibo post saying that Zhang Gaoli had forced her to have sex with him.

    The United Nations has insisted on a fully transparent investigation into Shuai's claims.

    Tennis players including Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, the world’s top men’s player, have also voiced their support for the Chinese athlete.

    “This is horrifying. I mean, a person is missing,” Djokovic said at the ATP Finals in the Italian city of Turin. “The whole tennis community needs to back her up and her family and make sure that she is safe and sound.”

    Djokovic also backed the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) statement that it was prepared to cut lucrative business ties with China over Shuai's missing.

    Notably, Shua's post was immediately deleted from her Weibo verified account, China's popular social media platform. The screenshots of the video were circulated like a wildfire. 

    The issue has been suppressed ever since, with State broadcaster CGTN this week sharing an email purportedly from the Tennis player to the WTA chief Steve Simon saying that she was "resting" at home and the assault allegation was "not true."

    The authenticity of the mail is being questioned as of now.

    This is not the first case where a high profile Chinese citizen has suddenly disappeared from public view. 

    Jack Ma, the founder of the world's biggest e-commerce website Alibaba, went missing in October 2020 after he criticised the government regulators in speech. Ma re-emerged in a video in January this year but it didn't mention his disappearance.
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