After facing widespread criticism for the position it took on #WhereIsPengShuai, the @iocmedia held a video call with Peng on Sunday and she obviously claimed that she is safe and well and “would like to have her privacy respected at this time.”…
“That is why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now. Nevertheless, she will continue to be involved in tennis, the sport she loves so much,” IOC wrote.
“I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern. She appeared to be relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated,” said @ELaaksonen3, IOC Athletes’ Commission.
“At the end of the call, IOC President Bach invited Peng Shuai for a dinner once he arrives in Beijing next January, which she gladly accepted, and the two agreed to include Emma Terho and Li Lingwei.”

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