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Thu Nov 18, 2021, 02:07 PM

Doubt cast on email from Chinese tennis star

The head of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has cast doubt on an email released by Chinese state media attributed to tennis player Peng Shuai.

The tennis star has not been heard from since she made sexual assault allegations against a top Chinese government official two weeks ago.

In the email, Ms Peng purportedly says the allegations are "not true".

Steve Simon, chairman of the WTA, said the message "only raises" his concerns about Ms Peng's safety.

"I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her," he said in a statement.

Rights group Amnesty also said the words "should not be taken at face value" but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it favoured "quiet diplomacy" and would not comment.


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spooky3 Nov 18 #1

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Thu Nov 18, 2021, 02:22 PM

1. Until she appears in public in a country other than China,

I wouldn’t believe it either. Not that China couldn’t coerce her from afar, but I have doubts even as to her safety at this time.

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