- A Belarusian Olympic athlete has been “forcibly” faraway from the Tokyo Video games, native media studies say.
- Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is refusing to board the flight dwelling and is now searching for asylum in Austria.
- The sprinter, who has criticized her nationwide workforce, desires the Worldwide Olympic Committee to intervene.
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A Belarusian Olympic athlete, who has been essential of her nation’s nationwide workforce, has been “forcibly” faraway from the Tokyo Video games and is now searching for asylum in Austria, in line with native media studies.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, 24, who was scheduled to compete within the girls’s 200-meter race on Monday, was involuntarily taken to Tokyo-Haneda airport on Sunday, Reuters reported.
Representatives of the Belarusian nationwide workforce purchased Tsimanouskaya a aircraft ticket to Minsk and tried to drive her to board the flight towards her will, Belarusian media outlet NEXTA mentioned.
“They [Belarus Olympic committee officials] did not clarify to me something. I used to be simply informed to pack my issues. They purchased me a ticket and escorted me to the airport,” she mentioned, in line with Belarusian journalist Tadeusz Giczan.
—Tadeusz Giczan (@TadeuszGiczan) August 1, 2021
“I cannot return to Belarus,” she informed Reuters in a Telegram message.
Tsimanouskaya has mentioned that she is now planning to use for asylum in Austria, in line with Giczan.
In a video shared on Twitter, Tsimanouskaya appealed to the Worldwide Olympic Committee for “assist.”
—NEXTA (@nexta_tv) August 1, 2021
“Stress has been placed on me and they’re making an attempt to take me overseas with out my consent,” she mentioned. “I’m asking the Worldwide Olympic Committee to intervene on this.”
The Belarusian Olympic Committee has mentioned that her participation within the Tokyo Video games was withdrawn because of her “psychological state,” mentioned an announcement seen by NEXTA.
Tsimanouskaya has lately been essential of her nationwide workforce’s sports activities coaches.
The sprinter allegedly complained on Instagram that she was entered into this Thursday’s 400-meter relay at brief discover with out having educated for the occasion, Giczan reported.
She informed Reuters that she was withdrawn from the workforce as a result of she “spoke on Instagram concerning the negligence of our coaches.”
Belarus is headed by Europe’s “last dictator,” Alexander Lukashenko. A number of outstanding politicians and impartial journalists have mysteriously disappeared underneath his regime. In August 2020, a number of Belarusian soccer gamers have been imprisoned.
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