WorldA famous player disappears after being accused of harassment.. and suspicious clips appear

A famous player disappears after being accused of harassment.. and suspicious clips appear

After accusing former Chinese Vice Prime Minister Zhang Guli of harassment and forcing her into an illegal relationship and disappearing for days after that, Chinese player Bing Shuai returned to the scene after posting pictures of her on the Internet, amid great international pressure on China over her fate.

Pictures of the Chinese tennis player, Peng Shuai, were published on social media, smiling at a time when international pressure increased on Beijing to obtain information about the fate of the “disappeared” athlete.

Today, Sunday, the player appeared in the Chinese Open in Beijing, according to pictures published by the organizers, while the publication on the Chinese “Weibo” social networking site did not mention anything about her disappearance or accusation.

Bing was seen standing on a tennis court, while she was signing big tennis balls for baby fans.

Her appearance came after the editor-in-chief of a partisan newspaper announced yesterday, Saturday, on “Twitter” that the Olympic player “will appear soon.”

Still from a video posted by a member of Chinese state media purporting to show Peng Shuai at Sunday’s event.

Also, on Friday evening, four pictures of the player appeared on the Twitter account @shen_shiwei, which is classified as a media linked to the Chinese state.

One of those pictures revealed the smiling player, apparently holding a cat in her home, with rag dolls, a sports trophy and the Chinese flag in the background.


The second picture was a “selfie” of the athlete with a small statue from the movie “Kung Fu Panda” for children. In the background appeared a frame with the image of “Winnie the Pooh”, the famous character in children’s stories, which is often censored on the Internet in China, where critics say that the Chinese leader Xi Jinping resembles the character.

A tweet from the Twitter account of Chinese journalist Shen Xue allegedly showing recent photos of the player (Reuters)

A tweet from the Twitter account of Chinese journalist Shen Xue allegedly showing recent photos of the player (Reuters)

In addition, it was stated on the “Twitter” account, which published the pictures, in English that the player had broadcast these pictures herself to wish “a happy weekend” to her followers.

Also, a picture taken on a screen showed that it was Shuai’s personal account on the WeChat social network, which is very spread in China.

The phrase “Today” appeared in Mandarin, along with pictures that were allegedly posted on the player’s account under the name “Ping Shuai 2”.

Suspicious video in a restaurant

Simultaneously, several people associated with state media and the Chinese sports system tweeted photos and videos that they said showed Ping having dinner on Saturday, with the clips apparently deliberately confirming specific dates.

Also, one of the videos, which is only 45 seconds long, showed Ping sitting with China Open co-director Zhang Junhui with two women around a table in a restaurant in Beijing.

During the video, Zhang spoke to Ping, but the latter did not say anything, according to CNN.

Ping Shuai (Reuters)

Ping Shuai (Reuters)

Harassment.. and quick removal from censorship

It is noteworthy that the 35-year-old Shuai, formerly ranked first in the world in the category of doubles and the star in her country, has not appeared in public or on her accounts on the communication sites, since she announced that a former official in the Communist Party forty years older than her forced her to have sexual relations, and to be his mistress. .

This information was published in early November, on the player’s official account on the Chinese “Weibo” social network, before the censors quickly deleted it.

Government media

Two weeks after the accusations made by the player, Chinese public television “SGTN” revealed, on Wednesday, a screenshot of a screen showing an email attributed to Shuai. The English-language station reported that the player had personally sent her to the management of the WTA.

Ping Shuai (Reuters)

Ping Shuai (Reuters)

It is noteworthy that Shuai’s case is under censorship in China and it is not possible to independently verify the basic message that was broadcast on social media.

Meanwhile, former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli, who from 2013 to 2018 was among the seven most influential politicians in China, has not publicly commented on Shuai’s accusations, according to Agence France-Presse.

international concern

It is noteworthy that since her disappearance, several countries, including the United States, have expressed concern about the player’s fate. Jennifer Psaki, the White House communications official, said the Biden administration wanted China to “provide independent, verifiable evidence” of Bing’s whereabouts.

The United Nations has also requested evidence of the player’s safety, while the hashtag #WhereisPengShuai has spread like wildfire on social media.

Also, on Saturday, Britain called on Beijing to provide “verifiable evidence” of Shuai’s “safety and whereabouts”.

Ping Shuai (Reuters)

Ping Shuai (Reuters)

“We are deeply concerned about the apparent disappearance of Peng Shuai and are following the case closely,” the British Foreign Office said in a statement, adding that Beijing “must urgently provide verifiable evidence of her safety and whereabouts.”

Doubt the message and threaten

In turn, the president of the WTA, Steve Simon, threatened in an interview with CNN Thursday that China would withdraw the women’s tournaments held in China if Beijing did not clarify the situation. He expressed doubts about the authenticity of this message, in which the tennis champ said that her accusations against Zhang Gaoli were “wrong”.

He also said, “I never think that’s the truth,” describing the email as an “output process.” He added, “We do not know whether she was forced to write it and whether someone wrote it on her behalf (…), but as long as we do not speak to her personally, we will not be reassured.”