26 November, 2021

WTA Dials It up a Notch Over Peng Shuai

With an assist from the UN? Wow.

Peng Shuai: UN calls for proof of Chinese tennis star's whereabouts – CNN

"What we would say is that it would be important to have proof of her whereabouts and wellbeing, and we would urge that there be an investigation with full transparency into her allegations of sexual assault," Liz Throssell, the spokesperson of the UN Human Rights office, told reporters in Geneva on Friday.

    "According to available information, the former world doubles No. 1 hasn't been heard from publicly since she alleged on social media that she was sexually assaulted. We would stress that it is important to know where she is and know her state, know about her wellbeing," Throssell said.

    The head of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Steve Simon has said he is willing to lose hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business in China if Peng is not fully accounted for and her allegations are not properly investigated.

    "We're definitely willing to pull our business and deal with all the complications that come with it," Simon said in an interview Thursday with CNN. "Because this is certainly, this is bigger than the business," added Simon.

    Wow, and for the NBA, people get in trouble for having “Free Tibet” on their shoes.

    Kudos to the WTA and (surprisingly) the UN for taking this stance. China is becoming increasingly hostile to freedom and frankly to the rest of the world. They must be stopped.

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