June 25, 2022
The United Nations asks China to provide evidence of the loss of the life of a tennis player

The United Nations asks China to provide evidence of the loss of the life of a tennis player

Foto: Robbie Mendelson – Originally posted on Flickr as Peng Shuai

The United Nations asked the Chinese government on Friday (19) to provide evidence of the life of tennis player Peng Shuai (photo), who disappeared after a high-ranking official in the Chinese Communist Party was accused of raping her., inform international agencies.

Peng Shuai represented China at three Olympics (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016) and was already No. 1 in the world doubles rankings.

On November 2, the tennis player said on a Chinese social network that she was raped years ago by former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Qaoli. Half an hour later, the post was deleted, and Peng’s social networks were blocked and referenced from the Internet in China, under heavy government scrutiny.

The athlete has not been seen since. The leaders in the women’s tennis rankings, such as Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, have spoken out against the censorship and called for Peng to be found as soon as possible.

Facing pressure, Chinese state television published an email attributed to the tennis player saying that everything was fine. Women’s Tennis Association president Steve Simon said he doubted the authenticity of the message and asked “Independent and Verifiable Evidence” That Peng sure.