Tennis stars around the world reiterated their unwavering support for the WTA’s decision to suspend all tournaments scheduled in China over concerns about Peng Shuai’s safety, as calls mounted on Monday for other sports to follow suit.
The league took the decision after its chief executive, Steve Simon, expressed “serious doubts” about the safety of the player, who accused the former deputy prime minister of sexually assaulting her. Simon renewed his call for China to conduct a “full and transparent investigation, without oversight”, into Ping’s allegations, which revealed that former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli, who from 2013 to 2018 was among the seven most influential politicians in China, “forced” her to have sex. .
This decision to suspend the tournaments in China and Hong Kong also received the full support of some of the biggest names in the world of yellow football, such as the world number one, Novak Djokovic, and American Billie Jean King, the founder of “WTA”. This decision is expected to result in millions of dollars in losses for the association, as China constitutes one of its largest markets. Djokovic, after leading Serbia to the Davis Cup semi-finals, described the decision as “very bold and brave”.
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