mandag 7. februar 2022

Peng Shuai: Chinese tennis star again denies sex assault in interview

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has again denied alleging sexual assault, in her first interview with Western media since she accused a Chinese party leader of coercing her into sex. Peng spoke to French newspaper L'Equipe on Sunday at the Winter Olympics. She sparked global concern last year after briefly disappearing from public view following her online accusation. She has since dismissed these concerns and echoed Chinese official assertions that she is living a normal life.

The interview was granted to the French newspaper following permission from the Chinese Olympic Committee, whose representative also sat in on the hotel room meeting. The paper had to submit questions prior to the interview but said it was able to ask more on the day. During the interview, the 36-year-old indicated that she was unlikely to return to the professional tennis circuit. "Considering my age, my multiple surgeries and the pandemic that forced me to stop for so long, I believe it will be very difficult to regain my physical level," she told L'Equipe.