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On Wednesday, the Women’s Tennis Association announced that all tournaments scheduled to take place in China and neighboring regions have been pulled over the alleged human rights violations stemming from Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai‘s sexual assault accusations.
Shuai’s allegations aimed at a top-ranking Chinese official — accusing former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of assaulting her on Nov. 2 — has led to her exile from online platforms curated by the Chinese government and raised questions over her safety.
OutKick founder Clay Travis spoke on the WTA’s decision. He addressed how their response to China highlights the communist regime’s crimes, while the NBA and Walt Disney have both turned a blind eye to the disregard for individual freedoms. Both companies have hypocritically branded themselves as proponents of social justice.
“Bravo, WTA,” Clay said. “This is how it’s done. If you are going to stand up to anyone, you need to stand up to a genocidal communist authoritarian state like China. This is what should be happening with the Olympics. …”
Clay added, “I love that the WTA is doing what the NBA should’ve done: they’re standing up for principle over profit.”
Direct communication to Shuai has been blocked by the CCP and well-scripted responses released by China’s government, allegedly on behalf of Shuai, fuels speculation that she may still be stuck in a pernicious standing with officials.
The Association released a statement on the decision to forego events in China for 2022 and potentially beyond.
“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,” said WTA president and CEO Steve Simon. “This is an organizational effort that is really addressing something that’s about what’s right and wrong.”
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