Riverside, California 2021-11-20 07:12:27 –
The ruling Communist Party is facing growing appeal from tennis stars and sports pro tours to prove that Peng is safe and free to speak.
An employee of China’s national television posted a photo of the missing tennis star Peng Shuai online in a new effort to dispel concerns about her disappearance after she accused senior leaders of sexual assault. bottom.
The photo was posted on Twitter on Friday, but is not visible to most Internet users in China. Shen Shiwei, an employee of state television, wrote the WeChat messaging service Peng’s account with the comment “Happy Weekend.”
The ruling Communist Party is facing growing appeal from tennis stars and a sports pro tour to prove that Peng, a three-time Olympic athlete and former No. 1 female doubles player, can speak safely and freely.
Meanwhile, the editor of a newspaper published by the party said Peng would soon “appear publicly.”
The controversy is politically awkward as the Chinese capital prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February. A Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday denied knowing about the protests against Peng’s disappearance.
Peng, 35, has accused Zhang Gaoli, a former member of the party’s standing committee, for forcing her to have sex despite repeated rejections since issuing a statement on social media this month.
Shen works at CGTN, the English division of China Central Television for foreign viewers. His Twitter post came after CGTN distributed a statement this week stating that it came from Peng, who withdrew his accusations against Zhang.
The editor of the English newspaper Global Times, published by the Communist Party, said on Twitter that he confirmed from an unknown source that the photo was “certainly the current state of Peng Shuai.”
“For the past few days, she was free to stay in her house and didn’t want to be disturbed,” wrote editor Hu Xijin. “She will appear publicly and will soon participate in several activities.”
The photo shows Peng with a gray cat and panda figurine looking like a private house with stuffed animals lined up behind her. There were no signs when the picture was taken.
Steve Simon, chairman and chief executive officer of the Women’s Tennis Association, questioned the legitimacy of the statement released by CGTN on Wednesday. Simon said it “only raises my concerns about her safety.”
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