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Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking Rep. Michael McCall, R-Texas, criticized the International Olympics Committee after participating in a video call with missing Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai and Chinese Communist officials.
“It is disturbing to see the IOC CCP publicists make face-to-face statements since the disappearance of Peng Shuai, but their recent publicity in this stunt prompts the IOC to deliberately and ignorantly participate in CCP Peng’s misbehavior,” said McCall. The statement on Monday.
McCall’s statement came after Peng appeared in a video call with IOC President Thomas Bach, but the call was not made available to independent media. Lawmakers were concerned that the high ranking official of the Chinese Communist Party and vice president of the Chinese Olympic Committee were the only other people on the call.
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Also a video of Peng Has appeared in Chinese state media Over the weekend, the tennis star appeared at a dinner party with friends on Saturday and the children’s tennis tournament in Beijing on Sunday.
But Peng’s call and pictures have done little to ease the fear of the Women’s Tennis Association, which has argued that the tennis star should be able to speak freely “with censorship or coercion.”
“It’s nice to see Peng Shuai in the latest videos, but he doesn’t address or address WTA concerns about his well-being and ability to communicate without censorship or coercion,” a WTA spokesman told ESPN. The WTAU is calling for a “thorough and fair and transparent investigation without censorship, which is the cause of our initial concern about allegations of sexual harassment,” he said.
Former women’s doubles world No.1 Zhang Gauli has alleged sexual harassment against her. 1 Peng’s well-being concern began on November 2 after the allegations were posted on social media. The post was quickly deleted and the topic was blocked by a debate in China, after which Peng went missing for three weeks from public viewing.
Peng’s suspicious loss has sparked calls from critics to boycott the Winter Games in China in February.
McCall, along with critics, called for the Biden administration to take some steps, calling on the White House to “prepare our athletes for the hostile environment they enter.”
“It is clear that the IOC is more interested in its financial relationship with the CCP than in protecting the well-being of Olympic athletes,” McCall said. “Given this direct agreement between the IOC [and] Athletes enter China’s Olympic Committee to disregard and silence Peng over the CCP’s genocidal and human rights violations, take the Biden administration’s stance on the Olympics, and make the time for our preparation a hostile environment. “