A long-standing member of the International Olympic Committee said people who spoke to missing Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai have reached the "unanimous conclusion" that she is "fine."
IOC member Dick Pound, who said he did not participate in the meeting, said those who listened in on a 30-minute video call on Nov. 21 Peng had with a Chinese sports official and an IOC official concluded she was "fine," according to CNN.
"Their unanimous conclusion was that she was fine," he said. "And she just asked that her privacy be respected for the time being."
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While Pound was not part of the call himself, he said he spoke with people who had seen the call and were able to tell "whether somebody is behaving under duress or not."
International groups have increasingly called for evidence of Peng's safety since the tennis star disappeared earlier this month. The European Union demanded China to release “verifiable proof” of Peng's safety Tuesday, calling for "assurances that she is free and not under threat."
Peng apparently reemerged publicly on Nov. 21, when she was seen in footage at a youth tournament in Beijing.
But Steve Simon, the CEO of the Women's Tennis Association, was unconvinced that Peng was safe, calling the footage "insufficient." Simon previously threatened to pull the group out of China if Peng was not accounted for in the near future.
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Peng went missing on Nov. 3 after she accused a former Communist Party official, Zhang Gaoli, of sexual assault on the social media site Weibo. Her post was deleted within a half-hour, but screenshots of it were taken and spread across private chat groups and search terms across the Chinese internet.
A bipartisan group of political leaders has called for the relocation of the 2022 Olympics, which are set to be held in Beijing, citing the country's human rights abuses. President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are among those expressing support for a boycott if the games are held in China.