Peng Shuai says he’s ‘safe and sound’ as Chinese star makes video call with IOC

The IOC has released this photo from their video call with Peng Shuai (Photo: IOC/Greg Martin)

Peng Shuai held a 30-minute video call with IOC President Thomas Bach, in which she reportedly told the International Olympic Committee that she is “safe and sound.”

Peng, a two-time Grand Slam doubles champion, has been in the headlines lately after an almost three-week absence from public after she alleged that a former senior Chinese official had sexually assaulted her.

But on Sunday, the IOC released a statement, along with a photo of Peng during a video call, saying the tennis player is “safe and healthy.”

The statement said Peng has confirmed she “lives in her home in Beijing” but wants her “privacy to be respected.”

She reportedly currently enjoys spending time with friends and family, but will “stay involved in tennis.”

“I was relieved to see Peng Shuai doing well, which was our main concern,” said Emma Terho, president of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, who also took part in the video call.

Concerns over Peng Shuai have grown in recent weeks (Picture: Paul Crock/AFP via Getty Images)

‘She seemed relaxed. I offered her our support and to keep in touch when it suits her, which she clearly appreciated.’

Today’s statement from the IOC reads: recently released video by Chinese state media Earlier, Peng would have shown at a tennis tournament in Beijing on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, images were said to show Peng dining with her coach and friends in Beijing.

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The will of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka All have offered their support to Peng in recent days as the tennis world demands answers about the player’s safety and well-being.

Tennis authorities have continued to ask for clarification on Peng’s situation as they have not yet heard from her directly, with Steve Simon, president of the Women’s Tennis Association, saying he found it difficult to believe that an email purportedly written by Peng and released by Chinese state media was legitimate.

Peng’s Weibo account has still not surfaced after it was removed from the Chinese microblogging site shortly after her allegations.

She accused 75-year-old Zhang Gaoli, a former senior Chinese official, of alleged sexual coercion.

Zhang, who was a close ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has not commented on the former tennis doubles number one’s claims.

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