Finally, there is a professional association for sports that can stand up against China. It’s the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (Rep-Texas) says it possesses more of a certain male characteristic than China’s whipping boy, the National basketball Association.
The WTA is suspending events in China after tennis player Peng Shuai was missing for several days over her accusation that a former high-ranking government official, Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli, raped her. Shuai was seen again after several days. However, her absence didn’t prove that China is open to free speech.
“I am announcing the immediate suspension of all WTA tournaments in China, including Hong Kong,” WTA executive Steve Simon said. “In good conscience, I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault.
“Given the current state of affairs, I am also greatly concerned about the risks that all of our players and staff could face if we were to hold events in China in 2022.”
Sen. Cruz was ecstatic over the WTA’s boldness, in his Thursday appearance on the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton radio show.:
“And I’ll tell you something right now: The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has bigger balls than the NBA. And I’d like to see courage be contagious and more people take a stand.”
One of the top women’s doubles player in the world, Shuai’s social media accusation was taken down within 30 minutes by the government controllers. After that, she wasn’t seen in public for almost three weeks. The WTA is demanding her rights be protected.
The strong position taken by the WTA “is a stark contrast to the NBA,” Sen. Cruz said. The NBA LeBron James which has “wobbled on their knees” bowed before China. These basketball cowards don’t want to offend China because they fear losing their wealth or seeing NBA broadcasts censored in communist China.
Reuters reported national tennis federations “hailed the leadership of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in representing and protecting players’ rights after its decision to suspend tournaments in China over the treatment of former doubles world number one Peng Shuai.”
China denied that the WTA was involved in tennis tournament suspensions and denounced the “politicization” of sport. Which is the height of hypocrisy since nobody politicizes sports like China.
The WTA’s actions will likely result in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars — the kind of money that has the NBA quaking in fear of offending China. Others tennis associations are taking bold stances against China.
Tennis Canada raised deep concerns about Peng’s safety and well-being and gave the WTA their confidence vote.:
“We feel very responsible for the many young women that travel the world to compete and it’s essential we do everything for them to be safe, otherwise our players and our sport is at risk.”
WTA also has the Italian Tennis Federation onboard. Tennis Australia and Taiwan’s tennis association are also vocalizing support for Peng and opposition to China.
Peng was also notified by the International Olympic Committee that they had a video conference with her to assess her health.