WTA Suspends Tennis Tournaments In China Over Peng Shuai

WTA Suspends Tennis Tournaments In China Over Peng Shuai

Andrew H. Sweet

"Unfortunately, the leadership in China has not addressed this very serious issue in any credible way," WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon wrote in a statement. "While we now know where Peng is, I have serious doubts that she is free, safe, and not subject to censorship, coercion, and intimidation."

Simon repeated his call for a "full and transparent investigation — without censorship" into Peng's accusations.

"In good conscience, I don't see how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault," Simon said.

Also, in Simons's statement, "Given the current state of affairs, I am also greatly concerned about the risks that all of our players and staff could face if we were to hold events in China in 2022."

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