China’s Shuai Bing, the missing tennis player, appeared in public on Sunday (21) at a tennis tournament in Beijing, China, according to official photos of the event.
The photos were initially posted by a journalist from Chinese state media on his social network. After that, the athlete’s attendance at the event was confirmed on the official page of the event organized by the China Open.
Shuai Bing’s appearance comes after international pressure to disclose information about his health. The tennis player has disappeared since former Vice Premier Zhang Qaoli, a prominent Chinese Communist Party politician, was accused of sexually assaulting her.
The complaint was submitted in early November on the Weibo social network, but was soon removed. Since then, there has been no news about the tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) even threatened to leave China from the professional circuit due to the lack of clarification on the disappearance.
In some of the videos released today, Shuai Bing is shown in a blue jacket and white shorts signing children’s tennis balls. However, the WTA believes that the photos are not enough to prove that the world number one in doubles is safe.
In addition, reporter Shen Xiu made the point of focus on the history of the event, so as not to leave any doubt that she is alive. Earlier, Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a periodical published by the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, had already published three videos showing Shuai Peng in Beijing, but it aroused suspicion.
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