IOC chief holds video call with Peng Shuai

The International Olympic Committee says its president, Thomas Bach, has held a video call with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.

Peng has reportedly not been seen in public since she made a sexual assault allegation against former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

The IOC announced on Sunday that the Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission, Emma Terho, and another member who has known Peng for many years joined the 30-minute call.

Peng reportedly thanked the IOC for its concern about her well-being and explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing.

She reportedly said she would like to have her privacy respected and prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now.

Terho was quoted as saying that she was relieved to see Peng was doing fine, and that Peng appeared to be relaxed. She reportedly said that she offered Peng to stay in touch at any time of her convenience and Peng obviously appreciated the offer.

The IOC says President Bach invited Peng for a dinner once he arrives in Beijing next January and Peng accepted the invitation.