IOC member Dick Pound 'puzzled' by reaction to Peng Shuai video call

(CNN) Long-time International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound has said that he is "puzzled" by the reaction to a video call between three-time Olympian Peng Shuai and IOC president Thomas Bach.
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai held a video call with IOC President Thomas Bach and told him she was safe and well according to an IOC statement posted on November 21.
"I must say I'm really puzzled by that assessment of it," Pound told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in response to the criticism.
"Basically, lots of people around the world were looking to see what happened to Peng Shuai and nobody was able to establish contact.
"Only the IOC was able to do so, and there was a conversation that was held by video with Thomas Bach, who's an older Olympian, and two younger female IOC members.
Peng was joined on the call by a Chinese sports official who formerly served as the Communist Party secretary of the Chinese Tennis Administration Center.
Peng publicly accused China's former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home, according to screenshots of a since-deleted social media post dated November 2.
"The first thing you have to do is figure out what was she trying to accomplish with the post," Pound said of Peng's deleted social media post.
In this still from Chinese State Media, Peng can allegedly be seen at a tennis event for teenagers in Beijing on Sunday.
Chinese authorities have not acknowledged Peng's allegations against Zhang, and there is no indication an investigation is underway.
Before retiring as vice premier, Zhang was the head of a Chinese government's working group for Beijing Games.
Zhang had met with Bach, the IOC president who held a video call with Peng, on at least one occasion, with the two being photographed together in the Chinese capital in 2016.
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