Peng Shuai Brings More Confusion With Allegations

Peng Shuai Brings More Confusion With Allegations

Estephania Anaya-Lopez

Less than half a year ago, Peng Shuai–a Chinese tennis player–used social media to now-apparently accuse a Chinese official of sexual assault. After the post, Shuai went under the radar for three weeks before reappearing not long ago–most recently, to give an interview for a French sports publisher, L’Équipe.

Despite her initial claim, Shuai backtracked, saying, “Sexual assault? I never said anyone had sexually assaulted me in any way.” As for the entire situation, she termed it as an “enormous misunderstanding,” as well as mentioned that her social media post was deleted because “[she] erased it…Because [she] wanted to” and denied having disappeared.

Though many people remain suspicious of the interview and Shuai’s retraction (notably because a Chinese Olympic Committee staff member accompanied her throughout the interview), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has remained impassive towards these suspicions. The IOC Director of Communications, Mark Adams, states that “We as a sports organization are doing everything to ensure that she is happy and I don’t think it is up to us to be able to judge in one way, just as it’s not for you to judge either in one way or another, her position.” IOC President, Thomas Bach, also commented that “…the communication is up to her, it is her life, it is her story and this is why the communication is up to her.”