It would have been easy to slip away in the hubbub. But Bach decided to stop and have a chat with the media as he passed. Bach prefers speaking like a head of state – in a tightly organized, official capacity or not at all. It’s not often you’ll see him leaned over a fence trading war stories with the wretches in the media. Or ever. All of a sudden, Bach was chatty as all get out. He talked about Gu and his relationship with Olympic athletes, because he was one himself.
Then, unprompted, he brought up Peng Shuai. He’d been sitting with her at the event. Few, if any, had noticed her to that point.
“She was sitting there and I spotted her and we had the opportunity to talk,” Bach said. “Now she has to go to quarantine, she told me, because she will now leave the closed loop.”