International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has defended the organization's handling of its contact with tennis player Peng Shuai, who disappeared from public view after making a sexual assault accusation against a powerful Chinese official.

After the IOC Executive Board meeting on Wednesday, Bach failed to provide further clarity over what is happening to Peng as Beijing prepares to host the Winter Olympics, addressing her seemingly stage-managed appearances in two video calls with IOC representatives it said took place on Nov. 21 and Dec. 1.

"We could not feel her being under pressure," Bach said.