After months of silence and concern about his destiny, Peng Shuai gave an interview to L'Equipe in its Monday version. The alternative for the Chinese tennis participant to return to her denunciations of a senior chief and his disappearance.
She lastly expresses herself and does so within the French press. After lengthy months of silence, Peng Shuai got here out of her reserve to grant a team interview in Monday's version. The newspaper specifies that the Chinese tennis participant appeared “in good shape” for the interview on Sunday, upon validation by the Chinese Olympic Committee.
The sportswoman notably thanked “all the ATP and WTA players, all the athletes and all the personalities in large numbers who were concerned about me. But I did not think there would be such concern and I would like to know: why a such worry?” A response to the mobilization round his destiny. After his accusations of sexual assault made towards a high-ranking Chinese official (then faraway from the Weibo social community – Peng Shuai had disappeared. And solely reappeared on movies filmed by Chinese media or throughout a extremely supervised interview with the International Olympic Committee.
“I never disappeared, everyone could see me”
In the interview, the tenniswoman reconsiders her declarations. And denies having spoken of sexual assault: “What happened… I have already answered this question, during an interview in Shanghai as well only by an email addressed to the WTA, and many other emails. This post has caused a huge misunderstanding on the part of the outside world. I hope that the meaning of this post will not be misrepresented again. And I also wish that ‘you don't add more hype to it…I never said anyone sexually assaulted me.”
She additionally provides, “I never disappeared, everyone could see me.” The hashtag #WhereisPengShuai had gone viral and was even displayed on t-shirts distributed in Melbourne over the last version of the Australian Open. The WTA had brandished the menace of a cancellation of all tennis occasions in China if the group couldn't get in contact with the participant.
She attracts a line underneath her enjoying profession
During the interview, Peng Shuai additionally lets it's recognized that her enjoying profession is behind her: “Tennis has transformed my life, brought me joy, challenges and so many other things. Sometimes it's difficult to know how to say goodbye and retire. Many people ask me this question. Even if I no longer participate in professional competitions, I will forever be a tennis player.”