Death of Peng Shuai: a few months before the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the IOC remains silent

While the sports community is worried about the fate of the tennis player, who accused a former Chinese vice-premier of rape, the International Olympic Committee has still not reacted.

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“We have to be mobilized and the Olympic committee must wake up a few months before the Winter Olympics in China”. On the sidelines of the doubles Masters that he is playing with his compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut did not hesitate to sound the alarm. Like many, the French player is surprised, and worried, by the silence of the IOC about the disappearance of Peng Shuai.

The latter has not given any sign of life for ten days now after she announced, on a social network, to have been the victim of a sexual assault on the part of Zhang Gaoli, former vice-premier of the Communist Party .

While the entire sports community reacted quickly to this brutal disappearance, the body that governs Olympic sport has still not officially communicated. An increasingly heavy silence, especially with the Beijing Winter Olympics (February 4 – February 20, 2022) looming …

The correlation between the place of the holding of these Olympic Games and the failure to take a position by its governing body in a case with such delicate political interweaving is certainly not fortuitous.

It is also easy to imagine the Lausanne officials divided between the desire to express their support for Peng Shuai and the fear of a possible Sermont of the Chinese government, who would not welcome any interference in the management. of this crisis.

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