Diamond League: Sebastian Coe defends new China event – ‘Open dialogue better than boycott’ | Athletics News

“It is even better to have an open dialogue and sporting relationships than to put up the drawbridge,” said Sebastian Coe after a new Diamond League event was added in China; announcement comes in the wake of WTA suspension of tournaments in the country over concerns over Peng Shuai

Last updated: 21/12/21 22:16


Sebastian Coe has spoken out against boycotts in sports

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe defended the decision to add another Diamond League event in China next year.

The Diamond League confirmed earlier on Tuesday that it will hold an event in the Chinese city of Shenzhen on August 6, as well as one a week earlier in Shanghai.

The announcement comes in the wake of the Women’s Tennis Association’s suspension of tournaments in the country over concerns about Peng Shuai, the Chinese tennis star who accused a former senior Party official in a November social media post attributed to her. Communist to force her to have sex.

In a video published by Lianhe Zaobao, a Chinese-language Singaporean newspaper, Shuai recently denied saying she was sexually assaulted.

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai denies making a sexual assault allegation, in her first media interview since concerns about her well-being began after her social media post claimed that a high-ranking Chinese leader had forced her. to have sex

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai denies making a sexual assault allegation, in her first media interview since concerns about her well-being began after her social media post claimed that a high-ranking Chinese leader had forced her. to have sex

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai denies making a sexual assault allegation, in her first media interview since concerns about her well-being began after her social media post claimed that a high-ranking Chinese leader had forced her. to have sex

“We are obviously concerned about the well-being of all athletes,” Coe said. “I believe that all athletes should be free to voice their concerns and sports should never shy away from making these points.

“But it is still better to have an open dialogue and sporting relationships than to pull the drawbridge. Very few other sectors choose to do so. Sport has always played a very important role in the skilled diplomacy that has historically proved to be very successful at times.”

He added that he is philosophically opposed to boycotts in sports. As a middle-distance runner for Britain, Coe won the 1,500m at the 1980 Moscow Summer Games after the Americans led a boycott. He won the 1,500m again at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles when the Soviet Union conducted a boycott.

World number one Novak Djokovic has backed the WTA's threat to withdraw the Women's Tour from China amid rumors that Peng Shuai was missing after accusing a former senior Chinese official of sexually assaulting her

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World number one Novak Djokovic has backed the WTA’s threat to withdraw the Women’s Tour from China amid rumors that Peng Shuai was missing after accusing a former senior Chinese official of sexually assaulting her

World number one Novak Djokovic has backed the WTA’s threat to withdraw the Women’s Tour from China amid rumors that Peng Shuai was missing after accusing a former senior Chinese official of sexually assaulting her

“They tend not to achieve what they set out to achieve,” Coe said. “Diplomatic boycotts, while not having a real impact on the athlete, are not particularly strong gestures.

“It is really important that the Diamond League has a foothold in all of our great athletics nations.

“You make all kinds of assessments and judgments when you look at your match schedule and schedule. We consider this an important part of our sport.”

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