Peng Shuai: Man claiming to be her good friend says WTA chief ‘ignored’ her e-mail asking to not be disturbed


A person who earlier shared a video of Chinese language tennis star Peng Shuai, has accused the Ladies’s Tennis Affiliation (WTA) chief of “turning a blind eye” to an e-mail she allegedly wrote to him asking to not be disturbed.

Ding Li, who claims to be a good friend of Peng, shared a screenshot of a purported letter written by the tennis participant and despatched to WTA chief Steve Simon.

“We’d like Steve Simon to elucidate why he turned a blind eye to Peng Shuai’s e-mail! Why not reply to her e-mail?” he stated in a tweet on Friday, by which he added a screenshot of the purported e-mail, titled “Privileged and Confidential.”

Peng requested Mr Simon to not disturb her and never “hype up” her private affairs, in line with Mr Ding.

“Thanks to your concern about me,” stated the letter, allegedly written by Peng within the Mandarin language. “In the mean time I don’t need to be disturbed, and particularly [can you] not hype up my private affairs. I hope to dwell a quiet life. Thanks once more to your concern.”

Little is thought about Mr Ding, stated to be a senior government of World D-Sports activities, an organization that organises and manages occasions in addition to athletes.

His Twitter profile confirmed he shared photographs and a video of Peng years after retweeting a publish from Roland Garros in 2017 and a tweet carrying a photograph of a tennis courtroom earlier than that, which dated again to 2012.

Mr Ding instructed the BBC that Mr Simon allegedly gave Peng’s contact particulars to a dozen folks, together with tennis gamers and media retailers. This led to her being “bothered” by many telephone calls.

However when the BBC requested Mr Ding to talk with Peng, he stated that she “solely needs to have relaxation alone in her own residence”, echoing the identical declare made by state media to quell issues over the tennis star’s whereabouts.

Mark Dreyer, founding father of sports activities information portal China Sports activities Insider, referred to as Mr Ding’s publish “weird”.

“Weird publish from Ding Li additional pushing the ‘I’ve simply been resting at residence and every thing is ok’ narrative. Fairly other than protesting an excessive amount of, his screenshot of an alleged e-mail from Peng Shuai to Steve Simon is now again on the prime of the information cycle,” he stated in a tweet.

The brand new growth comes amid a world outcry over the tennis star’s whereabouts and security ever since she accused China’s former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her.

Mr Zhang has maintained his silence and has not been seen in public all through this month, whereas a number of footage and movies of Peng, a few of which had been tweeted by Mr Ding.

The efforts, nonetheless, have did not quell issues, as Mr Simon referred to as the train “inadequate” to fulfill their issues.

The EU, UN and the US have all demanded solutions about Peng’s security.

Her claims, which had been deleted from Weibo quickly after they had been posted, have shone a highlight on censorship in circumstances involving political dissidents, entertainers, enterprise leaders and others. Her case is among the most important in China’s #MeToo motion as properly.

Regardless of a public outcry within the tennis world and international media, Chinese language officers haven’t instantly addressed the accusations, whilst they’ve accused folks of “hyping up” and “politicising” the case.