Peng Shuai says she is safe in China days after IOC questions over Uighur support

• Chinese tennis player and 2008 Olympic gold medallist issued notice Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai issued a second statement “reconfirming” she is safe and well in China’s domestic media, days after the International…

Peng Shuai says she is safe in China days after IOC questions over Uighur support

• Chinese tennis player and 2008 Olympic gold medallist issued notice

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai issued a second statement “reconfirming” she is safe and well in China’s domestic media, days after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) warned that her country’s political stability could be jeopardised by her open support for the persecuted Uighur ethnic group.

In a statement on her verified Twitter account on Saturday, Peng explained how she was in China but had not returned to China or joined the government in the fight against the Uighurs, who have suffered what Chinese state media say is separatist violence.

“I’m in the capital city, but I haven’t come back to Beijing or Shanghai, and haven’t travelled around in China,” the 32-year-old Chinese tennis player wrote. “So, I’m 100% here. I have no other plans outside of the government job.”

Peng’s previous statement on Thursday included a number of Chinese references, including references to the proposed propaganda regulations for online platforms.

The IOC said it was concerned by Peng’s open support for the Uighur separatist movement in China. She had only expressed opinions “based on her individual thoughts” and was not a member of any political party, Peng had said on Thursday.

Chinese human rights activists have said the IOC’s position could harm the world body’s role as a human rights defender.

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