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The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) says it is suspending all of its tournaments in China, a dramatic escalation in the global reaction to Beijing’s censorship of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s sexual assault claims.⁠

“I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete [in China] when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault,” said WTA chief Steve Simon.⁠

“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.”⁠

At the centre of the allegation is former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. The social media post in which the claim was made was removed minutes after being published.⁠

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