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WTA Says It Is Suspending Tournaments in China Over Lingering Concerns About Peng Shuai

Posted On: Jan 17, 2022   |   Posted By: Time

The suspension of all WTA tournaments in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former government official there of sexual assault, could result in cancellations of those events beyond 2022, the head of the women's professional tennis tour told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
“We're hopeful we get to the right place, but we are prepared, if it continues as it is - which hasn't been productive to date - that we will not be operating in the region,” WTA President and CEO Steve Simon said in a video call from California. “This is an organizational effort that is really addressing something that's about what's right and wrong.”

He said the move to put a halt to the tour's play in China, including Hong Kong, came with the backing of the WTA Board of Directors, players, tournaments and sponsors. It is the strongest public stand against China taken by a sports body - and one that could cost the WTA millions of...

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