Commonwealth Games: Peng Shuai ‘reaffirms’ safety on IOC call

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China’s Peng Shuai “reaffirmed” her safety and well-being on a second call with International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials since she was detained by police last week.

Chinese police arrested her after reports suggested that Peng, a French-trained tennis coach and former French Open junior champion, had a conflict with her parents.

She was reported to have tried to escape back to China, before being detained in the UK.

Peng’s management says she does not intend to boycott the Commonwealth Games.

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Peng’s management, Connected with Olympic champions in Rio, said her first conversation with the IOC on Sunday, led by Beijing 2015 and Sochi 2014 organising committee chief Iqbal Sacranie, reaffirmed that Peng is “safe and well”.

“This morning we had a long conference with Beijing 2015 and Sochi 2014 Chairs and we felt they were very confident,” she said.

“They want to make sure they are in contact with us and reassured us. They are in touch with their own friends, colleagues, relatives, partners so it means they are concerned for us.

“The Paris organising committee were very involved with us. They wanted to confirm that I am safe and I am in good health. That was very good.”

Peng’s management also provided a statement that reiterated that “she has no plans to abstain from competition as she has just won a grand slam event”.

She is due to defend her Thailand Open title in Bangkok this weekend.

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