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WTA Suspends All Tournaments In China.

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WTA Suspends All Tournaments In China.

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has suspended all tournaments and competitions in China and Hong Kong, after the sexual assault on Peng Shuai.

The female tennis star spoke out against a member of Chinese government after they sexually assaulted her and since then, all discussions and inquiries have been censored.

Simon originally expressed concern after Shuai’s whereabouts were unknown last month, see Ministry of Sport for more information.

WTA CEO and Chairman, Steve Simon said: “If powerful people can suppress the voices of women and sweep allegations of sexual assault under the rug, then the basis on which the WTA was founded – equality for women – would suffer an immense setback.

“I will not and cannot let that happen to the WTA and its players.” He continued

The WTA released a statement saying they do not endorse the censorship or intimidate of women speaking out, especially regarding sexual abuse.

“The WTA has been clear on what is needed here, and we repeat our call for a full and transparent investigation – without censorship – into Peng Shuai’s sexual assault accusation.” He said.

Simon also said they are concerned for the risk to staff and athletes if they were to hold tournaments in China and Hing Kong.

“Given the current state of affairs, I am also greatly concerned about the risks that all of our players and staff could face if we were to hold events in China in 2022.” Simon said.

Ten events were to be held across China and Hong Kong, with the suspension losing these countries AUD$30 million.

The WTA has also announced they will give as much support as they can to Shuai, as well as any other athletes who have been a victim of sexual assault.

“The WTA will do everything possible to protect its players. As we do so, I hope leaders around the world will continue to speak out so justice can be done for Peng, and all women, no matter the financial ramifications.” He said.

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