– I did not say that he sexually assaulted a Chinese official (Deputy Prime Minister).

BEIJING: Renowned Chinese tennis player Peng Shui told a French newspaper that international concerns about his health were due not only to a “big misunderstanding” but also that he had been sexually assaulted by a high-ranking Chinese official.

Le Equipe, a French newspaper known for sports news, interviewed Peng Shuai on Monday. According to the newspaper, the Chinese Olympic Committee arranged an interview for an hour at a hotel in Beijing for Peng Shuai’s interview.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a statement on Monday that IOC President Thomas Bay had dinner with Peng on Saturday and also watched a China-Norway curling match with IOC member Kersey Coventry.

However, the ensuing newspaper also reported that Chinese officials had already written to him asking questions. Chinese officials were present at the time of the visit, and Peng translated what he said into Chinese into French.