fredag 26. november 2021

Peng Shuai: Man claiming to know athlete says WTA head ignored mail

A man claiming to be an associate of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has accused the head of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) of allegedly ignoring an email from her. Ding Li tweeted a screenshot of mail he claims she wrote to WTA chief Steve Simon asking not to be "disturbed". Ms Peng disappeared from public view after accusing former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her. The WTA has led a chorus of voices demanding proof of her safety.

Ms Peng, 35, who is one of China's top tennis players, had earlier this month written a 1,600-word post on Chinese social media platform Weibo, where she laid out her allegations against the 75-year-old Mr Zhang. This is the most significant case of its kind in China's slow-moving #MeToo movement.