WTA Chairman Has “Serious Doubts” That Peng Shuai is Safe, Cancels All Tournaments in China
WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon announced that the WTA will suspend its tournaments in China due to concerns over Peng Shuai’s safety.
Simon had called for an open investigation into Shuai’s initial disappearance shortly after the 36-year-old former No. 1 WTA doubles player accused a top Chinese government official of sexual abuse and an affair.
Her post quickly vanished. Then there was a public outcry when noone had heard from or seen Shuai. Shortly after, the CCP responded by showing her on video and at events. However, Simon demanded assurances, including a transparent investigation to prove that Shuai was in fact safe and not being held against her will or compelled into the photo-ops.
Simon said that he is not convinced that Shuai is enjoying her full freedom and has serious doubts that she is safe and not subject to coercion and intimidation from the Chinese government. His full statement is below, regarding his decision to suspend all tennis tournaments in China.