The case of Peng Shuai, the 35-year-old Chinese tennis player who at the beginning of November had reported sexual abuse to the former vice premier of her country, Zhang Gaoli, and then disappeared, made the news again. The WTA issued a statement in this regard and showed its support in this situation.
“Recent events in China involving a WTA player, Peng Shuai, are cause for deep concern. As an organization dedicated to women, we remain committed to the principles on which we are founded: equality, opportunity and respect.
We hope this matter is handled properly., which means that allegations must be investigated fully, fairly with transparency and without censorship. Our absolute and unwavering priority is the health and safety of our players. We speak out for justice to be done “.
Currently, the Chinese tennis player is ranked No. 191 in the singles rankings, where she became 14th in the world. His specialty is doubles, a specialty in which in 2014 she was No. 1 in the ranking and has 23 titles during her career.
Furthermore, the WTA left a thoughtful message not only for the Shuai case, but for women in general: “All women deserve to be heard, not censored. Your accusation about the conduct of a former Chinese leader involving sexual assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness. In all societies, the conduct that she alleges took place must be investigated, not condoned or ignored. “
“We commend Shuai for his extraordinary courage and strength in reporting. Women around the world are making their voices heard so that injustices are corrected, “the statement concluded.