Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has threatened to pull out all the tournaments from China if the Tennis star Peng Shuai is not found.
The two-time Grand-slam champion has been missing for a while now. The star took to social media to report a former Communist Party official sexually assaulting her.
On Thursday, WTA Chairperson Steve Simon had received a statement allegedly written by Peng.
The statement made him release his own statement questioning the same.
“The WTA and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe. I have repeatedly tried to reach her via numerous forms of communication, to no avail,” Simon said in a statement.
“I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received.”
After that update, Simon had now issued an ultimatum to China regarding a proper update. He had mentioned that if there is no proper update, the WTA would pull all the tournaments out of the country.
“If at the end of the day we don’t see the appropriate results from this, we would be prepared to take that step and not operate our business in China, if that’s what it came to,” Simon said.
Since the star’s disappearance, a lot of tennis players has voiced out in her support. The latest one to join the #WhereisPengShuai” campaign is former World Number one Naomi Osaka.
She took to social media to show her support.