Lausanne (Switzerland), Nov 22 (MNN) Amid concerns over her well-being after her sexual assault charges against a former senior Chinese official, three-time Olympian Peng Shuai got to talk to IOC President Thomas Bach through a video call from China and assured them of her safety, the international sports body said.
Bach was joined by IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Emma Terho and IOC Member in China Li Lingwei, who has known Peng Shuai for many years from her time in the Chinese Tennis Federation.
Peng Shuai explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time.
The IOC said that it is the reason why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now. Nevertheless, she will continue to be involved in tennis, the sport she loves so much.
At the very beginning of the 30-minute call on Sunday (local time), Peng Shuai thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being.
“I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern. She appeared to be relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated,” said Emma Terho.
At the end of the call, IOC President Bach invited Peng Shuai for a dinner once he arrives in Beijing next January, which she gladly accepted, and the two agreed to include Emma Terho and Li Lingwei.