Tennis Federation refuses to join China boycott

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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) volition not basal successful solidarity with the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) successful boycotting tournaments successful China.

The WTA past week announced it volition suspend each events successful China successful protest implicit the disappearance of planetary tennis prima Peng Shuai.

The doubles champion hasn't been seen publically since aboriginal November, aft she took to societal media to impeach a Chinese authorities authoritative of rape.

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The sporting satellite has travel unneurotic to request Shuai is seen and heard from speech from the bizarre photograph which was released from China a fortnight agone attempting to person the satellite she was fine.

ITF president David Haggerty, though, says the governing assemblage is not prepared to wantonness Chinese tennis altogether.

"You person to retrieve that the ITF is the governing assemblage of the athletics worldwide, and 1 of the things that we are liable for is grassroots development," helium told BBC.

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"We don't privation to punish a cardinal people, truthful we volition proceed to tally our inferior events successful the state and our elder events that are determination for the clip being."

The ITF had released a connection a fewer days anterior to Haggerty's appearance.

"The International Tennis Federation, arsenic the governing assemblage of tennis, stands successful enactment of each women's rights," it said.

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"Our superior interest remains Peng Shuai's wellbeing. The allegations Peng made indispensable beryllium addressed.

"We volition proceed to enactment each efforts being made to that end, some publically and down the scenes."

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