US Commission Asks IOC to Do More for Chinese Tennis Player Peng Shuai

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The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers, has criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for not doing enough for Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), chair and co-chair of the CECC, voiced their criticism in two separate letters dated Nov. 24. One was sent to IOC President Thomas Bach, while the other to IOC Athletes Commission chair Emma Terho. Bach and Terho spoke to Peng on Nov. 21, amid mounting international concern about the star’s well-being. Peng’s safety became a concern after she posted online allegations of sexual assault on Nov. 2 against Zhang Gaoli, a retired Chinese Communist Party official who was once the communist regime’s vice premier. She alleged that Zhang coerced her into sex several years ago and then the two had an on-and-off consensual relationship. She then vanished from the public eye before reappearing …

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