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Sport Australian Open defends ban on 'Where is Peng Shuai?' T-shirts

09:01  23 january  2022
09:01  23 january  2022 Source:   afp.com

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Australian Open organisers said Sunday that Peng Shuai 's safety "is our primary concern" after video emerged of security staff preventing spectators wearing T - shirts in support of the Chinese player. Leading players at the Australian Open have on several occasions said they still hope to hear directly from Peng so they can be assured of her safety. However, a video posted online appears to show a firm line being taken against people at Melbourne Park wearing T - shirts saying " Where is Peng Shuai ?"

'Sinister stuff': Australian Open spectator sporting Peng Shuai T - shirt refused entry. You just watched. You're watching. Tennis Australia is standing by its decision to order an Australian Open spectator to remove a shirt that featured a message in support of Peng Shuai amid ongoing concerns for the Chinese tennis star’s welfare. On Sunday morning, footage emerged of security and police at the Australian Open requesting a spectator remove her shirt , which featured an image of Shuai on the front and the message “ Where Is Peng Shuai ?” on the back.

Australian Open organisers said Sunday that Peng Shuai's safety "is our primary concern" after video emerged of security staff preventing spectators wearing T-shirts in support of the Chinese player.

Peng Shuai in action in January 2020 at the Australian Open © Greg WOOD Peng Shuai in action in January 2020 at the Australian Open

The former doubles world number one is absent from the Grand Slam and there are fears for her wellbeing after she alleged online in November that she had been sexually assaulted by a Chinese former vice-premier.

Her allegation was quickly censored and the 36-year-old was not heard from for nearly three weeks, before reappearing in public in China. But there are still concerns as to whether she is really free.

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Australian Open organisers said the safety of Peng Shuai remains their "primary concern" even as security officials at the Grand Slam forced fans to remove shirts referring to the Chinese former doubles number one. A video posted on social media on Saturday showed security staff at Melbourne Park confiscating shirts and a banner bearing the slogan: " Where Is Peng Shuai ?" Peng 's well-being became a matter of concern among the global tennis community in November when she appeared to allege that a former Chinese vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, had sexually assaulted her in the past.

BREAKING - Australian Open security call in police on human rights activists @pakchoi_boi @maxmokchito for wearing “Free Peng Shuai ” shirts , try force @pakchoi_boi to take off shirt in public area right next to @naomiosaka training session - the most vocal athlete on Peng Shuaipic.twitter.com/qAPPmEJEZt. I tried to reason with police over phone - how is it political to simply speak up for Peng Shuai ’s rights?pic.twitter.com/duk36K06ki.

Leading players at the Australian Open have on several occasions said they still hope to hear directly from Peng so they can be assured of her safety.

However, a video posted online appears to show a firm line being taken against people at Melbourne Park wearing T-shirts saying "Where is Peng Shuai?"

The question has been used widely as a viral hashtag on Twitter, including by top players, to spread the word about Peng's apparent predicament.

The footage also appears to show Australian Open staff removing a banner.

"Under our ticket conditions of entry we don't allow clothing, banners or signs that are commercial or political," said a spokesperson for Tennis Australia, who organise the Grand Slam.

"Peng Shuai's safety is our primary concern," Tennis Australia added.

"We continue to work with the WTA and global tennis community to seek more clarity on her situation and will do everything we can to ensure her wellbeing."

The Women's Tennis Association has been widely praised for its stance on Peng, demanding to hear from her directly and suspending tournaments in China.

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