A bipartisan pair of U.S. lawmakers have introduced a resolution condemning the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for helping the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)  justify the wrongdoing involving the tennis star Peng Shuai.

The resolution was co-proposed by Representative Jennifer Wexton of the Democratic Party and Representative Mike Waltz of the Republican Party. They blamed the IOC for helping cover up the sexual allegation of tennis star Peng Shuai towards former Chinese Premier Zhang Gaoli.

Wexton announced the resolution on social media on Dec. 3. “The IOC’s role in covering up Peng Shuai’s disappearance demonstrates a dangerous lack of regard for basic human rights and the safety of Olympic athletes. I introduced a bipartisan resolution with Rep Waltz Press condemning the IOC for siding with Beijing’s oppressive regime,” she wrote.

“The IOC is helping whitewash the CCP’s crimes, Peng Shuai’s confinement, Uighur genocide AND repression in Hong Kong & Tibet. The world is watching. Proud to introduce a bipartisan resolution with Rep Wexton to condemn the IOC for appeasing Beijing’s oppressive regime,” Waltz also made a post about the resolution.

On Dec. 2, veteran IOC commissioner Dick Pound said that the IOC had another video call with the Chinese tennis star. Those who spoke with her reached a “unanimous decision that Peng Shuai is ‘fine.'”

“Their unanimous conclusion was that she was fine. And she just asked that her privacy be respected for the time being,” Pound told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

As for the security and freedom of Peng Shuai that the outside world is paying attention to, Pound said that the IOC’s assessment was “the best evidence we have at the moment’ that Peng Shuai is ‘fine.'”

But why did the IOC not publish that “video call”?

In a statement on Nov. 21, the IOC announced that its president Thomas Bach had a 30-minute video call with the three-time Olympic medalist Peng Shuai. The call also involved a Chinese sports official and another IOC official.

The statement said that Peng looked “well” and “comfortable” during the call and that she wanted “her privacy to be respected.” The IOC did not explain how the video call with Peng was organized other than just releasing a photo.

The European Union then announced on Nov. 30 that it hoped China would publish “verifiable evidence” that the tennis star was safe and required a transparent investigation into her sexual assault allegations against Zhang Gaoli.

The International Women’s Tennis Association on Dec. 1 announced the decision to suspend the WTA tournaments in China and Hong Kong.

“The IOC’s collaboration with Chinese government officials to cover up the disappearance of Peng Shuai calls into question the organization’s willingness to protect the rights and safety of Olympic athletes from this major human rights violator,” congressman Wexton tweeted.

In another tweet, Congressman Waltz wrote: “The CCP’s an evil entity that’s oppressing its own people & seeks to export that oppression to the rest of the world and if China takes Taiwan, they’ll essentially control 50% of the world’s GBP & 40% of trade. Biden must stand with Taiwan against China’s oppressive regime.”

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