The tennis star, who vanished from public view after a post on her social media account accused a former top Communist Party official, said she never made the allegation.
The women's professional tennis tour says it is suspending tournaments in China because of concern about Peng Shuai's safety.
The International Olympic Committee said the three-time Olympian, who accused a former Chinese government official of sexual assault, appeared in a video call.
A Chinese state TV employee posted the photos apparently to assuage concern about her disappearance.
Where is Peng Shuai? Concern is mounting over the Chinese tennis star’s disappearance after accusing a former top government official in China of sexual assault.
Peng Shuai has not been seen in public since she accused a former top government official of sexual assault.
Osaka says she's concerned about a fellow tennis player who has gone quiet since making a sexual assault allegation against a former top government official in China.