Chinese Tennis standout Peng Shuai sparked a global mystery recently. After accusing a high-level Chinese official of sexual assault, she went missing. The social media post was deleted almost immediately. The Chinese government denied any knowledge of her whereabouts.

Fans and tennis officials showed great concern. Many believed the star tennis player had fallen prey to agents of an upset Chinese government. TMZ reports that Peng Shuai talked to International Olympic Committee officials over the weekend on a video call. She said she’s doing just fine. The IOC released a statement following the contact.

“Peng Shuai thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being. She explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time. That is why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now.”

Another IOC official said the call was enough to convince them that Peng was safe. While the issue she’s dealing with regarding her privacy is unknown, at least one official is convinced she’d fine. They believe she’s taking a break from the public eye of her own accord.

“I was relieved to see that Peng Shuai was doing fine, which was our main concern. She appeared to be relaxed. I offered her our support and to stay in touch at any time of her convenience, which she obviously appreciated.”

Peng Shuai attended a juniors tennis tournament recently. Photos of the tennis pro surfaced from the event. She was also spotted out at a restaurant, where she was also photographed. The whole thing might just be a big understanding after all.

Michael Perry

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