WTA announces immediate suspension of tournaments in China due to Peng Shuai’s disappearance

The Women’s Tennis Association has announced the immediate suspension of all tournaments in China amid concern for Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.

Peng, 35, disappeared from public view for three weeks after accusing a top Chinese official of sexual assault.

WTA chief Steve Simon said he had “serious doubts” that Peng was “free, safe and not subject to intimidation”.

“In good conscience, I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there,” he said.

In response, China said [unironically] it “opposes the politicisation of sports”.

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