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Peng Shuai’s T-Shirt Ban Has Been Lifted Following An Outcry At The Australian Open:

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Peng Shuai’s T-Shirt Ban Has Been Lifted Following An Outcry At The Australian Open:

Peng Shuai’s Updates: Following a worldwide outcry, the Australian Open’s organizers have lifted a restriction on T-shirts supporting Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. Before entering the grounds last Friday, security asked spectators to take off their T-shirts and a banner that said “Where is Peng Shuai?”

After accusing a high Chinese official of sexual misconduct in November, Ms. Peng went missing for many weeks. She has now reappeared, but many people are still worried about her safety.

Tennis Australia’s chief executive, Craig Tiley, told reporters that spectators would be allowed to wear the T-shirt as long as they did not “intensively disturb” the event and were “peaceful.”He was cited in The Sydney Morning Herald as saying, “It’s fine if someone wants to wear a T-shirt and make a comment on Peng Shuai.”

He did say, however, that banners would still be prohibited since they “actually take away from the comfort and safety of the supporters,” and that security personnel would make individual choices.

Tennis Australia has previously said to the BBC that they have a “longstanding policy of not permitting commercial or political banners, signs, or attire.”

They went on to say that they were “pleased to welcome” the spectator back to the event grounds, but that “the ban will continue to apply… to any objects that endanger the safety and comfort of Australian Open spectators.” It didn’t go on to say anything else.

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peng shuai t-shirt ban

Human rights organizations and the international tennis community slammed the move to ban the clothing, with some claiming that the organizers were swayed by significant Chinese corporate sponsors.

In an interview with broadcaster Sky News, Australia’s defense minister Peter Dutton lashed out at Tennis Australia, calling the ban “very disturbing.”

“I believe we should be speaking out about these concerns, and I would encourage… tennis organizations, such as Tennis Australia, to do so.”

In reaction to the scandal, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has canceled all competitions in China this year.

After surpassing its AUD$10,000 (£5,296; $7,179) goal, a Gofundme page was set up to print extra T-shirts. Tennis Australia isn’t the only organization with rules about what spectators should be be wear and how they should behave.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which organizes Wimbledon, states that “any objects or clothes expressing… political views, disagreeable or insulting sentiments” are not permitted on the grounds.

In a 1,600-word statement posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo in November, Ms. Peng claimed that former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli forced her to have sex with him.

She subsequently vanished from public view, causing a worldwide outcry from the tennis community, fans, and human rights organizations concerned about her whereabouts.

She emerged a few weeks later, and in her first media appearance since then, she denied alleging sexual assault and stated that her social media post had caused “a lot of misconceptions.”

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