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Friday, December 3, 2021

The question is too weak to ask the IOC

Where is Peng Shuai?

That’s the question the International Olympic Committee and its president, Thomas Bach, must be shouting right now – loud, demanding, and aimed at the leadership in China, scheduled to host the Beijing Games in February.

But instead of firm demands, we are hearing nothing more than faint, enslaved whispers from the Olympic leadership.

Chinese tennis star and three-time Olympian Peng, 35, has been missing since November 2, when he used social media to accuse former Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her at his home for three years. Earlier. She also revealed that she had a mutually consensual relationship with Zhang.

Peng wrote that Zhang attacked her after inviting her to play tennis at his house. “I was so scared that afternoon,” she said. “I never consented, cried the whole time.”

“I feel like a moving corpse,” she said.

The message was immediately removed from the Chinese government-controlled social media site.

There have been no verifiable signs of Peng since then – there are no videos or photos to prove he is safe. Instead, all the outside world has seen is a stalled message, said to have been written by Peng and sent in response to the WTA’s demand for an investigation into his allegations. Peng’s alleged reaction, The issue, released by China’s state-owned broadcaster on Wednesday, immediately raised concerns.

“Hello everyone, this is Peng Shuai,” she read, falsely calling the sexual assault allegation made just a few weeks ago. “I am not missing, nor am I unsafe. I am resting at home and everything is fine. Thanks again for taking care of me.”

It reads like a message from a hostage, a natural concern given the Chinese government’s long history of use of force and enormous pressure to quell dissent and rebuke those convicted of going against the state.

So, what has been the IOC’s response to the potentially endangered Olympian? A neutered, consequential statement.

“We have seen the latest reports and are excited by the assurance that they are safe,” said an official IOC announcement on Thursday.

What fantasy world is the IOC living in? Looking at China’s history, we can reasonably assume that the latest missile written by Peng is a hoax. Peng dared to speak with force and candor, but not the IOC, a Swiss-based organization with a history of leaning towards dictatorships that goes back to Adolf Hitler and the 1936 Summer Games.

Bach and the broad cast of leadership in the IOC usually use every opportunity possible to claim an Olympic mission that stands up to the highest ideals of humanity. They say that all Olympic athletes are part of one family. Peng joined those ranks in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Once an Olympian, he says, always an Olympian.

It’s a laudable idea, but it’s thrown away when the stakes get too high.

Looming is Beijing’s winter sport, fueled by heavy fees for broadcast rights and corporate sponsorships, and billions spent by the Chinese government in an effort to gain respect on the international stage.

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Do Bach and the IOC have the guts to stand up for one of their own and call the dictatorial host of their next showdown for horrific human rights abuses?

The answer, so far at least, is no.

Contrary to the IOC’s official statement, there is nothing encouraging about this situation.

Not if you know the long history of Chinese authoritarianism. If you know how it is striking dissent and silencing anyone who threatens the national order – including prominent cultural and business figures like Jack Ma, founder of internet firm Alibaba.

If you know how China has suppressed protests in Hong Kong and Tibet, or if you pay attention to its treatment of Muslim minorities – considered genocide by dozens of nations, including the United Nations and the United States – despite Chinese denials .

As predicted by critics, or anyone watching with common sense, the IOC finds itself in agreement. This is the cost of cohabiting with authoritarian hosts such as China, which hosted the 2008 Summer Games, and Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Games.

Compare Bach and the IOC’s conspicuous indifference to the adamant approach taken by the women’s pro tennis tour, which is afraid to boldly stand up to Peng, a former world No. 1 player in doubles.

“I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the emails we received or believed what he was being held responsible for,” WTA Tour chief executive Steve Simon wrote in a statement. “Peng Shuai showed incredible courage in describing a sexual assault allegation against a former top official in the Chinese government.”

Simon continued: “Peng Shuai should be allowed to speak freely, without coercion or threats from any source. Her allegations of sexual harassment should be respected, investigated with complete transparency and without censorship.” Should be known

Women’s voices need to be heard and respected, not censored or dictated.”

It is putting more people out of profit. That’s courage. Professional tennis in China is a lucrative, rapidly growing market. The men’s and women’s tours host high-profile tournaments there, and the WTA Finals are scheduled for Shenzhen in 2022.

It’s no surprise the way women tennis players have long taken the lead in human rights matters. Billie Jean King, Serena Williams, Chris Evert And Martina Navratilova Standing firmly for Peng. And it’s no surprise that young stars have followed suit, led by Naomi Osaka, torch bearer at the Tokyo Games last summer, who asked “Where’s Peng Shuai?”

But Bach and the IOC, peddlers of Olympic mythology, have yet to join that chorus. Peng Shuai is part of the Olympic family, but the overlords of the IOC lack the backbone to stand up for themselves.

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