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Peng Shuai: Video Appears to Show Missing Chinese Tennis Player “Insufficient,” WTA President Steve Simon Says

Omen’s Tennis Association (WTA) president Steve Simon called a video that appeared to show missing Chinese player Peng Shuai at a restaurant “insufficient.”

Peng, the former Wimbledon doubles champion, is seen smiling in apparently new footage released by Chinese state media.

Concern for the well-being of the 35-year-old man, which we have not heard directly for more than a fortnight, has even reached the United Nations and the White House this week.

The former world number one doubles has apparently disappeared after making sexual assault allegations against a former Chinese vice premier on social media site Weibo.

“I am happy to see videos released by Chinese state media that appear to show Peng Shuai at a restaurant in Beijing,” Simon said in a WTA statement.

“While it is positive to see her, it is still unclear whether she is free and able to make decisions and act on her own, without coercion or outside interference. This video alone is insufficient.

“As I said from the start, I remain concerned about Peng Shuai’s health and safety and that the sexual assault allegation is being censored and swept under the rug.

“I have been clear on what needs to happen and our relationship with China is at a crossroads.”

Wimbledon organizers on Saturday joined calls for confirmation of Peng’s well-being.


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