Media: Peng denies being sexually assaulted

According to French media, Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai reiterated that she had never claimed anyone had sexually assaulted her.

The report said Peng spoke to them on Monday in the presence of a senior Chinese Olympic Committee official.

The report quotes Peng as saying she has never disappeared since November, when she stopped seeing the public. She reportedly posted a message on social media alleging that former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her.

The report says she told them she deleted the post on her own because she wanted to.

The report came the same day the International Olympic Committee announced that its President Thomas Bach met Peng on Saturday.

The IOC said in a statement that the meeting took place at the Olympic Club over dinner and IOC member Kirsty Coventry joined the two. The location is inside the ‘bubble’ system aimed at keeping Games-related staff physically separated from the public as an anti-coronavirus measure.

The IOC refrained from giving details of what they talked about. But he says the three have spoken about their shared experiences as Olympians.

The statement says Bach invited Peng to the Swiss city of Lausanne to visit the Olympic Museum and continue the conversation about their Olympic experiences. He adds that Peng has accepted the invitation.

He says they agreed that any further communication about the content of the meeting would be left to his discretion.

The statement also said that Peng attended a mixed curling match and plans to attend several other events at the Beijing Winter Games.