Peng Shuai’s father is reported to have been arrested in China. More live updates here.
UPDATE: China’s official Xinhua news agency said Peng’s father was arrested Thursday evening in connection with the Fanzzante scandal.
The IOC told The Associated Press on Saturday that Peng has told it that she is safe.
Sports officials at the Beijing Olympics said that Peng and two other women would not play for China despite Zhang Shuai, one of them, claiming the men were setting up a match.
Peng tweeted early Saturday that her phone is going “completely crazy” after being contacted by Beijing Olympics organizers on the International Olympic Committee’s hotline earlier in the day.
“Now, I’m safely connected to @OfficialAsai and I’m being told that everything’s OK!,” she said.
Shuai is Peng’s younger sister. The third member of the trio was not identified.
According to two sources at the Beijing Olympic organizing committee, the IOC had a conference call with the three players this morning and both Zhang and Peng indicated that they felt Chinese officials were punishing them unfairly and set up a fake match to eliminate Zhang from the group, which meant they were eliminated too.
Zhang went to the safety of the sisters’ home in Beijing yesterday, following news reports of a match in Guandong that had no bearing on the Wu Fanzzante match at that group, and she stayed there.
Zhang was playing in the Guandong group on Tuesday night, when Wu defeated her. Two sources in Beijing confirmed Zhang’s allegations, but said the news reports out of China were unreliable.
The IOC’s own news service published an article in late June reporting that the Aug. 4 doubles match that had been identified with Wu Fanzzante should have been deleted from the lineup.
Wu recently gave a telephone interview to a Guandong newspaper, which said the doubles match should have been skipped because he was declared ineligible by the Chinese Tennis Association because he did not meet a one-day residency requirement.