Sexual Assault: ‘China excluded from WTA Tour’

WTA chief Steve Simon said no tournament will be held in China in 2022 until they find a common ground in the dispute between the Peng Shua and China Vice Premier, Zhang Gaoli.

Peng has accused Zhang of sexual assault in November last year through a post that alerted the WTA which are very much concerned about her wellbeing The Trumpet gathered.

Though the former doubles world No 1 had denied such an incident, WTA undeterred by the tennis star’s claims insist that none of its tournaments will take place in China until the issue is resolved among the concerned parties.

Peng, who had earlier announced her retirement from professional tennis made a shocking return in February to the Winter Olympics held in China where she had a meeting with the WTA CEO.

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Following Peng’s accusations of being assaulted sexually, the WTA in a swift reaction suspended all its games from China, a move that saw the women’s elite tennis governing body losing millions of dollars in broadcast rights and sponsorship.

In a statement by Simon, he said that the WTA Tour for the year 2022 will be announced soon and predicated that the event will hold on the fairly solid ground according to Tennis Podcast.

Steve stressed that until a resolution is reached with the Chinese government, WTA, and Peng whose whereabouts are unknown after the winter Olympics, none of its events will be held in the Asian country.

Though the ATP Tour will be held in the country despite the synergy that exists with WTA, CEO Steve Simon adjudged that the men’s tennis world governing body has no athlete that was abused.

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