skynews– Beijing is telling the world to stop the “malicious hyping” and “politicisation” of tennis star Peng Shuai.
The 35-year-old has not been seen in public for the past three weeks after she alleged China’s former vice-premier sexually assaulted her.
Video footage was published by state media of Peng attending lunch with friends and a junior tennis tournament in the past few days.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman is calling for an end to speculation – saying it is not a diplomatic matter.
Amnesty International has told Sky News that politics and sport can’t be separated in China.