New Chinese-media Peng Shuai video 'insufficient,' WTA maintains threat to pull tournament
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Chinese state-backed media continues to spread new "proof" that missing tennis champ Peng Shuai is safe and healthy, but officials say these seemingly staged videos and pictures are not good enough.
Peng, 35, wrote a post on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, alleging sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of China's former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. Peng claimed Zhang, 75, forced her to have sex despite repeated refusals following a round of tennis three years ago. The post was quickly deleted and Peng has since disappeared from social media and public view. Tennis players and officials, led by Women's Tennis Association (WTA) CEO Steve Simon, are demanding a full investigation into Peng's claims as well as assurances of her safety and wellbeing. Two more videos overnight Saturday surfaced that showed Peng at the opening ceremony of a teenage tennis match in Beijing. Event organizers also posted photos of Peng on the event's official WeChat page, Reuters reported. PENG SHUAI: VIDEOS PURPOTRING TO SHOW MISSING CHINESE TENNIS STAR RAISE QUESTIONS But the WTA told Fox News that the new video – along with other photos and videos posted by the editor of the Beijing-backed news agency The Global Times – do not change the organization's stance or threats to pull tournaments from the country. "Everything remains as we stated yesterday and the past few days," a WTA spokesperson said in an email. "Consistent with what Steve Simon stated yesterday, the photos and video remain insufficient. They do not address WTA's concerns." UN, WHITE HOUSE DEMAND PROOF OF PENG SHUAI'S SAFETY, CHINA SAYS IT'S 'NOT AWARE' OF ISSUE Global Times editor Hu Xijin on Friday posted two videos that show Peng dining in…