World Tennis Association halts tournaments in China due to worry over Peng Shuai

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Estephania Anaya-Lopez, Reporter/Feature Writer

Steve Simon, chairman and CEO of the World Tennis Association (WTA) suspended tournaments in China nearly one month after Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai made sexual assault allegations against Zhang Gaoli, former vice-premier of China. Despite the two video calls between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach–(a Chinese sports official, who is another IOC representative), and Peng Shuai herself, there are concerns that Shuai remains at risk due to apprehension that the calls were staged.
While the WTA has chosen to take a stand, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has mentioned that, thus far, it has no intentions of stopping its events in China. However, the Biden administration has announced a diplomatic boycott for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, meaning that government officials would not attend while U.S. athletes can attend. On top of that, the United Nations have pitched in, asking for irrefutable evidence of Shuai’s safety and “an investigation with full transparency into her allegations of sexual assault.”
The next course of action remains unsure as worry for Peng Shuai rises.