Former U.S. official says WTA’s position on Peng makes it a human rights champion

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After Peng, the former world number one tennis player in doubles, posted on social media that a former Chinese government official had sexually assaulted her, her whereabouts have become an issue of international concern for nearly three weeks. She appeared in Beijing again this weekend.
WTA is the main organization of international women’s tennis. It calls for a transparent investigation and assurance of Peng’s safety and well-being, and threatens to withdraw from China’s competitions because of this.

“If you told me a week and a half ago that the Women’s Tennis Association would become the most effective and brave human rights organization in the world, I would think you are a banana, but we are here,” Curry said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday.

“The WTA basically invested more than $1 billion in the life of a member of the Women’s Tennis Association.”

Curry, the former US representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, who was nominated at the time, said that in her 25 years of human rights work, she had never seen any group “actually put things at risk for the sake of human rights”. -President Donald Trump.

On Sunday, Peng had a video call with Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but the WTA stated that this did not address or alleviate concerns about her health.

The United States, France, Britain and famous tennis players all expressed concern about former Olympian Peng.

Beijing is preparing to host the Winter Olympics in February next year. Global human rights organizations and other organizations have called for a boycott of the Olympics, citing China’s human rights record.

“The tennis season is going on throughout the year,” Curry said. “As long as the players continue to express their concerns about her, this is still a problem for the WTA, and they continue to present her case, it will continue to be a kind of spotlight.

“This will be a problem before the Olympics and the Australian Open, then the French Open and Wimbledon. Every time tennis does something and there are spectators, she will be there.”


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