Good news, everyone! We still have no idea exactly what happened to Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, but the International Olympic Committee is apparently feeling pretty confident that she’s juuuuuuuuust fine:
Long-time International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound has said that the "unanimous conclusion" by those on a call with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai is that she is "fine." https://t.co/vqhXR9WzPN
— CNN (@CNN) December 1, 2021
On November 21, the IOC said in a statement that its president, Thomas Bach, had a 30-minute video call with three-time Olympian Peng, joined by a Chinese sports official and an IOC official.
The statement said that, during the call, Peng appeared to be “doing fine” and was “relaxed,” saying she “would like to have her privacy respected.” The IOC did not explain how the video call with Peng had been organized and has not made the video publicly available.
When asked on how he can ever be sure Peng Shuai’s appearances aren’t staged, [IOC member Dick Pound], who has not seen footage of the call, told CNN’s Erin Burnett: “There are lots of countries where you can’t easily leave the country. I think a lot of that is speculation.”
Speaking of those on the call, he said: “What we have is hard evidence as we can have and feel. These are people who have dealt with athletes and dealt with pressure.”
The Chinese government has also dealt with athletes and dealt with pressure. They’ve also dealt with doctors, writers, intellectuals, and anyone else who shines a critical light on the Chinese government.
The IOC bending over backwards for China amounts to nothing short of an international scandal, and no country that claims to give a damn about human rights should participate in the travesty that is the Beijing Olympics. Or maybe any Olympics at all, if it’s the IOC’s official policy that murderous authoritarian regimes should be able to disappear people whenever they feel like it.
Peng "I'm fine, the gun to my head doesn't bother me at all".
— jlang39 (@Oldnotdone) December 1, 2021
I could convince them I was fine if it meant my life.
— Toman (@Tomersontoman) December 1, 2021
Still alive = fine
— Brandon Finnell (@Brandon6thDraft) December 1, 2021
Even if she was still alive on November 21, what is her status right now? Still alive? Still “fine”? Has anyone seen any evidence that this call actually took place?
If she was truly "fine" IOC committee members could simply meet with her alone and in person.
Side note: Any assessment from the IOC is also pretty worthless. https://t.co/DfVHmhEDRk
— Jeff Carlson (@themarketswork) December 1, 2021
If she can’t personally post her own videos, then she isn’t fine
— Mig Rodriguez (@migrod3) December 1, 2021
This poor girl is dead or being 'reeducated' in a gulag and the IOC is a willful accomplice https://t.co/LUzzTUW5Uh
— Alec Sears (@alec_sears) December 1, 2021