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Olympic Presser Gets Heated Over Taiwan, Uighurs

Reports of human rights abuses are 'lies,' organizing committee rep claims

(Newser) - What sports? The Beijing Olympics organizing committee's last scheduled daily news conference of the Games got downright political, as journalists asked about Taiwan, the forced labor of Uighurs, and the safety of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. Yan Jiarong, an organizing committee spokesperson, first made clear that China considers...

Journo: My Interview With Peng Shuai Was 'Propaganda'

Marc Ventouillac says China let him talk to tennis star, but he has doubts that she's speaking freely

(Newser) - It was the interview many sports journalists wanted: A sit-down with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, prepped and ready to talk for the first time with Western media about allegations she made of forced sex with a former top-ranked Communist Party official that triggered a global outpouring of fears for...

Peng Shuai Gives Strange Interview at Olympics

Chinese tennis player says she doesn't understand why everyone was so worried

(Newser) - Nothing to see here, move on. That was the message that Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai delivered Monday in a controlled interview in Beijing that touched on sexual assault allegations she made against a former high-ranking member of China's ruling Communist Party. Her answers—delivered in front of a...

Australian Open Reverses Course, Allows Peng T-Shirts

Spectators had been asked to remove their shirts, worn in support of Chinese player

(Newser) - Update: T-shirts with the image of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai will be allowed at the Australian Open after all. The tournament has reversed its policy forbidding spectators to wear such shirts—typically asking "Where is Peng Shuai?"—after much criticism, most notably from tennis legend Martina Navratilova,...

Peng Shuai: I Didn't Accuse Anyone of Sexual Assault

But the latest development only has many even more worried for Chinese tennis star

(Newser) - The latest eyebrow-raising development in the Peng Shuai case: Now the Chinese tennis star is denying that she ever accused anyone of sexual assault. The concerning situation started last month when Peng posted on social media allegations that a former top government official forced her to have sex with him;...

WTA Just Suspended All Tournaments in China

Chairman doubts Peng Shuai is being allowed to speak freely

(Newser) - The Women's Tennis Association says it is unconvinced by China's efforts to show Peng Shuai is speaking freely, so it is suspending all tournaments in China with immediate effect. In a statement released Tuesday, WTA Chairman Steve Simon said he had "serious doubts" that Peng, who accused...

Peng Shuai Speaks Up
Peng Shuai
Says She's
'Safe and Well'

Peng Shuai Says She's 'Safe and Well'

Chinese tennis star speaks to IOC

(Newser) - Hours after showing up at a youth tennis event , Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai spoke up, too. In a 30-minute video call with the president of the International Olympic Committee and others Sunday, "She explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would...

Peng Shuai Reappears At Youth Tennis Event

Chinese tennis star vanished after accusing Communist official of sexual assault

(Newser) - Missing tennis star Peng Shuai reappeared in public Sunday at a youth tournament in Beijing, according to photos released by the organizer, as the ruling Communist Party tried to quell fears abroad while suppressing information in China about Peng after she accused a senior leader of sexual assault. The post...

Serena Williams: 'We Must Not Stay Silent' on Peng Shuai

WTA chairman weighs pulling organization out of China

(Newser) - US tennis legend Serena Williams has joined the chorus of calls demanding to know #WhereIsPengShuai. "This must be investigated and we must not stay silent," Williams tweeted Thursday, adding she was "devastated and shocked" by the situation with the Chinese tennis player. "I hope she is...

WTA Chief: Email Only Raises Concerns About Tennis Star

He doesn't believe email in Chinese state media is really from Peng Shuai

(Newser) - Tennis officials say they have serious doubts about an email purporting to be from Peng Shuai, the top Chinese player who has been out of sight since she accused a former government official of sexual assault earlier this month. The email shared by state-controlled English-language broadcaster China Global Television Network...

Naomi Osaka on Missing Tennis Star: 'I'm In Shock'

Tennis world demands answers about Peng Shuai after she made sexual assault allegations

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a pro women's tennis star in China lobbed sexual assault allegations on social media against an ex-government bigwig there. That post was quickly scrubbed, and since then, no one's heard publicly from Peng Shuai, leading to no shortage of concern. Among the voices demanding answers...

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