WTA to continue China ban ‘until there is a resolution’ on Peng Shaui case
The WTA is set to continue it’s blanket ban on all events in China as they “remain dedicated to finding a solution” for the case of Peng Shuai.
Back in November, former French Open and Wimbledon doubles champion Peng Shuai alarmed the world when she posted on social media a post accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into a sexual relationship.
The post was then later deleted and Peng disappeared out of public view for three weeks.
The following month, after China failed to satisfy the Women’s Tennis Association’s (WTA) requests for a “full, fair and transparent investigation,” they decided to withdraw all events from China, including the prestigious WTA Finals.
In February, Peng made an appearance at the Winter Olympics where she denied making the allegations of sexual assault and that she disappeared from the public eye.
Now WTA chief Steve Simon has confirmed that the ban is to stay in place until their is an agreement made between all the parties involved.
“We remain dedicated to finding a resolution to this,” Simon said.
“We want to find a resolution that Peng can be comfortable with, the Chinese government can be comfortable with, and we can be comfortable with.
“We are not about walking away from China. We have suspended our operations there right now. We will continue to do that until we get to a resolution.
“We will stay resolute. We do hope to be back there in 2023 with the resolution that shows progress was made in the space. That’s a victory for the world if we can accomplish that.”
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