Chinese tennis player Ping claimed that she was sexually harassed; This time he denied
Chinese tennis player Ping Shuai shared the allegation that she was sexually harassed by former Deputy Prime Minister Cang Gaoli on her personal social media account on November 2. There was no news from Ping after the claim, and he appeared in a tennis tournament 19 days later. In an interview, Ping denied that she had allegedly been sexually harassed by former Deputy Prime Minister Cang. Ping’s statement made me think of the possibility of being threatened.
Chinese tennis player Ping Shuai gave an interview to the Chinese-language Singaporean newspaper Lienhi Zaobao at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics promotional event she attended in Shanghai. Ping denied on her social media account that she had made allegations of sexual harassment by former Deputy Prime Minister Cang Gaoli.
Answering the question about the allegations of harassment in the interview, Pıng said, “First of all, I think it is important to emphasize that. I never said ‘someone sexually harassed me’. I want to emphasize this point very strongly.” used the phrase.
Stating that he resides in his house in Beijing but can go out whenever he wants, Ping refrained from commenting on how the detailed social media posting, written in his own mouth, came about.
The social media post, in which Ping’s claim that he was sexually harassed by former Deputy Prime Minister Cang, was shared, was shared on his personal social media account on 2 November.
Although the sharing was removed within minutes in the country where the internet is under state control, it was photographed and spread by a few fans of the Chinese tennis player.
The international tennis community expressed concerns about the life of Ping, who could not be heard for a long time after his sharing.
LETTER TO WOMEN’S TENNIS UNION
Chinese state channel CGTN published a letter claiming that it was from the pen of Chinese tennis player Ping, who could not be heard from after sharing.
In the letter to Steve Simon, President and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), “The allegations that I have been sexually abused are not true. I am not in a place where there is no loss or safety. I am resting at home and everything is fine. Thank you for caring. ” statements were made.
Despite the letter, Ping’s not seeing anyone or posting on his social media accounts since November 2, when he claimed that he was harassed, raised suspicions in the international tennis community that the Chinese tennis player was not safe.
WTA demanded a transparent investigation of the allegations, while the Professional Tennis Association (ATP) issued a message of condemnation.
INTERVIEW WITH OFFICIALS OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
Chinese tennis player Ping Shuai made her debut at a public event at a youth tournament in Beijing on November 20.
Then, on November 21, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach had an online meeting with Athletes Committee President Emma Terho and Committee member, former Chinese Tennis Association Vice President Ling Livei.
In the meeting that Ping attended from Beijing, it was stated that “he thanked the IOC officials for taking care of his situation, he is safe and well, he is resting at home, he wants his private life to be respected during this period, so he spends time with his friends and family.”
The women’s tennis association has decided to suspend tournaments in China.
WTA announced that all tournaments in China were suspended on December 1, citing the lack of resolving the doubts about the situation of the Chinese tennis player.