Thomas Bach reiterated that the IOC will continue to remain in contact with Peng Shuai, and that he hoped to meet her in Lausanne in summer.
Marc Ventouillac, one of two journalists for French sports daily L'Equipe who spoke to Peng this week in a restrictive interview, says he is still unsure if she is free to say and do what she wants.
Last November, Peng Shuai wrote on the Chinese social media site Weibo that retired Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli had forced her into having a sexual relationship with him.
Peng’s accusations of sexual assault months ago against former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli were scrubbed almost immediately from the internet in China.
Peng last year accused a former senior Chinese Community Party official of sexual assault.
Within China, however, her case has drawn little attention amid the crushing force of official censorship.
It was China's bad luck to land the Winter Games in what turned out to be the time of COVID. But the hosts turned those Olympic ideals on their heads any number of times since.
I have never said that I wrote that anyone sexually assaulted me. I need to emphasise this point very clearly, the tennis star said.
Peng Shuai, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, alleged former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of forcing her into sex during an on and off relationship spanning several years.
The calls were aimed at conveying a message that Peng was safe despite being absent from public view after the three-time Olympic tennis player accused a top Chinese politician of sexual assault.
The 35-year-old's allegations spread on Twitter -- which is blocked in China but accessible using special Virtual Private Networks -- and sparked an international outcry.
Peng dropped out of public view after raising the allegations about former vice premier Zhang Gaoli in a November 2 social media posting that was quickly taken down by Chinese authorities.
Peng, Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, was not seen for more than two weeks following her allegation against a top Communist Party leader of sexual assault.
Peng, a three-time Olympian and former top-ranked doubles player, has dropped out of public view after accusing former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual abuse in a social media post on Nov 2.
Peng, a Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, was not seen for more than two weeks after she made the accusations against former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli.