The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers, has criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for not doing enough to verify the welfare of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), chair and co-chair of the CECC, respectively, voiced their criticism in letters dated Nov. 24 to IOC President Thomas Bach, and IOC Athletes Commission Chair Emma Terho. Bach and Terho spoke to Peng in a video call on Nov. 21, amid mounting international concern about the athlete’s well-being. Peng’s safety became a concern after she went on social media to post allegations of sexual assault on Nov. 2 against Zhang Gaoli, a retired Chinese Communist Party official who was once the communist regime’s vice premier. She alleged that Zhang coerced her into sex several years ago and then the two had an on-and-off consensual relationship. She then vanished from the …


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