IOC president will meet Peng Shuai at Beijing Olympics to assess her ‘well-being and way of thinking’ after the tennis participant ‘disappeared’ when she accused senior politician of rape
- Thomas Bach will meet Ms Shuai contained in the ‘closed loop’ of the Beijing Olympics
- She alleged on-line that former vice premier Zhang Gaoli sexually assaulted her
- But she mentioned final month that she did not accuse him and put up was misunderstood
- Bach mentioned if she desires allegations to be investigated the IOC would help her
By Riath Al-Samarrai for MailOnline
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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has confirmed he will meet Peng Shuai at Beijing 2022 this month – and says he would help the Chinese tennis participant if she referred to as for an investigation into her allegations of sexual assault towards one of many nation’s main politicians.
Bach has confronted heavy criticism for his comfortable dealing with of the saga, which erupted in November when Peng posted a 1,600-word notice on Chinese social media platform Weibo accusing former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of forcing her to have intercourse with him.
After all of a sudden vanishing from view, she re-emerged weeks later and claimed she had been misinterpreted.
Thomas Bach will meet Ms Shuai (pictured) contained in the ‘closed loop’ of the Beijing Olympics immediately to talk about her disappearance after she alleged on social media that former Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her
Peng mentioned final month she had by no means accused anybody of sexually assaulting her and that the put up she made had been misunderstood. Zhang (pictured) has not commented on the matter
Bach, who beforehand spoke to Peng over video hyperlink, has now organized to meet Peng inside the ‘closed-loop’ setting of the Winter Olympics.
He mentioned: ‘We will have the meeting. I’m very blissful and really grateful to Peng Shuai. She will enter the closed loop to have the meeting that she additionally desires. Once the [covid] procedures have completed we will have that meeting.
‘To be clear I’ve additionally had a variety of calls since November. The final one, the day earlier than yesterday, was between members of our IOC crew and Peng Shuai. Our strategy is at the start in the pursuits of Peng Shuai to answer the question which was regarding us from a human perspective, that of the place is Peng Shuai? That’s why we took this strategy to get in contact and get to know the place she is and so far as doable how she is.
‘This you possibly can solely obtain when you make contact. If you don’t take contact, when you simply make a declaration concerning the standing, you do not get any additional usually.
The IOC has held a number of video calls with Peng however needed a face-to-face meeting in the course of the February Games
‘This is why we made this contact, in order to discover out as a lot as doable whether or not the essential and perhaps a very powerful human proper of bodily integrity is assured. There’s no higher approach than to have a personal meeting.
‘We are step-by-step making an attempt to discover out if she desires to have the inquiry. Of course we might additionally help her in this, however it have to be her determination. It’s her life, it is her allegations.
‘We have heard the allegations, we have now heard the withdrawal. We will have this personal meeting and proceed this dialog. And then we will know higher additionally about her bodily integrity, her psychological state, once we can lastly meet in particular person.’
Bach (pictured) mentioned if Peng needed her allegations to be investigated the IOC would help her