IOC reveal second call with Peng Shuai amid growing safety concerns

Chinese tennis ace offered 'wide-ranging' support.

The International Olympic Committee has claimed they have spoken to Peng Shuai again amid growing concerns for her freedom.

Peng disappeared for two weeks last month after accusing a former high-ranking Chinese politician of sexual abuse. She resurfaced in a video call in the IOC before being spotted at a tennis event in Beijing, although doubts over her freedom remain very real.

With the upcoming Winter Olympics set to be held in Beijing, the IOC are under increasing pressure to act, and they have now revealed they have had a second call and plan a face-to-face meeting with Peng next month.

The organisation said in a statement: "We share the same concern as many other people and organisations about the well-being and safety of Peng Shuai.

"This is why an IOC team held another video call with her. We have offered her wide-ranging support, will stay in regular touch with her, and have already agreed on a personal meeting in January.

"There are different ways to achieve her well-being and safety. We have taken a very human and person-centred approach to her situation. Since she is a three-time Olympian, the IOC is addressing these concerns directly with Chinese sports organisations.

"We are using 'quiet diplomacy' which, given the circumstances and based on the experience of governments and other organisations, is indicated to be the most promising way to proceed effectively in such humanitarian matters.

"The IOC's efforts led to a half-hour videoconference with Peng Shuai on November 21, during which she explained her situation and appeared to be safe and well, given the difficult situation she is in.

"This was reconfirmed in yesterday's call. Our human and person-centred approach means that we continue to be concerned about her personal situation and will continue to support her."