Peng Shuai accused China’s vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of pressurizing her into a sexual relationship. This has led to Women’s Tennis Association(WTA) to urge a full-blown investigation into the matter. Peng accused Zhang through China’s internet but soon her material was taken down. Peng herself has also been missing after the posts were taken down. Peng is a former double’s champion and has ranked as high as 11 in the WTA singles rankings.
The events concerning Peng Shuai are of deep concern. The allegations must be investigated fully, fairly, transparently and without censorship. As an organisation dedicated to women, we remain committed to the principles we were founded on - equality, opportunity and respect. Peng Shuai, and all women, deserve to be heard, not censored. Her accusation about the conduct of a former Chinese leader involving a sexual assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness. In all societies, the behaviour that she alleges took place needs to be investigated, not condoned or ignored. We commend Peng Shuai for her remarkable courage and strength in coming forward. Women around the world are finding their voices so injustices can be corrected. Our absolute and unwavering priority is the health and safety of our players. We are speaking out so justice can be done.