Today, IOC President Thomas Bach, the Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission, Emma Terho, and IOC Member in China, Li Lingwei, held a video call with three-time Olympian Peng Shuai from China.— Athlete365 (@Athlete365) November 21, 2021
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It was Peng’s first appearance since mysteriously disappearing after accusing a high ranking Communist Party official of sexual assault. Political science professor Jules Boykoff accused Bach of participating in Chinese propaganda.
“Instead, he appears to have shoved the key issue of serious claims of sexual abuse off to the side while simultaneously making his goal very clear, which was to create a flimsy cover story for Chinese authorities so that the games could go on,” she stated.