December 1, 2021


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Peng Shuai case: Chinese athlete reappears at a tennis tournament in Beijing

New pictures. Faced with international pressure, Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai reappeared at a tennis tournament in Beijing on Sunday, November 21st.

Wearing a navy sports jacket and white sweatpants, Peng Shuai Fila appears in photos of the Kids Junior Tennis Challenger final, which was released on the official China Open Weibo account.

This is the first time he has appeared in public since his allegations of sexual abuse were widely censored on the Chinese Internet.

As a reminder, Peng Shuai, 35, is the former world number one in the doubles category. 1 player and star in his country, he has not been seen publicly since he was accused of forcing a 40-year-old former Communist Party senior official, Zhang Gauli. She had to have sex during a continuous relationship for many years.

Evidence of the player’s health

Following the global outcry, including from tennis stars and the United Nations, Chinese state media released a series of footage to show that all is well with the athlete.

A video of the event, posted on Twitter by the influential editor-in-chief of the Global Times, Hu Jin, shows Peng standing in the middle of a group of guests whose names are announced to applause. In another video tweeted by a Global Times reporter, Peng signed autographs for children at the same venue before being photographed with children.

Hu Xijin, who claims to be in a certain proximity to power, released two videos of the player “having dinner at a restaurant with his coach and friends” in Beijing and filmed the same day, he said. AFP could not confirm the location or location of the footage.

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