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Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who was scheduled to compete in the women’s 200-meter race on Monday, told Reuters that she did not plan to return to Belarus and had sought the protection of Japanese police at Tokyo’s Haneda airport so she would not have to board the flight.
The 24-year-old athlete previously alleged that Belarusian officials entered her in the relay event on Thursday on short notice after some teammates were found to be ineligible to compete. She claimed that the technical staff had come to her room on Sunday and told her to pack her bags.
The Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation, which supports athletes imprisoned or marginalized for their political views, says the athlete did not board the flight and summoned Japanese police. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs later arrived at the airport.
The Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation group, which supports athletes imprisoned or marginalized for their political views, said supporters of the regime attacked the athlete, who contacted her to help her avoid what she feared was a forced deportation to Minsk.
“The campaign was quite serious and that was a clear sign that her life would be in danger in Belarus,” BSSF spokesman Alexander Opeikin told the Associated Press in an interview.
Tsimanouskaya summoned the Japanese police at Haneda airport and did not board a flight to Istanbul. Officials from the Foreign Ministry later arrived at the airport, Opeikin said.
The sprinter was taken to safety and would request asylum from the Austrian embassy, Opeikin said.
How old is Krystsina Tsimanouskaya ?
She is November 19, 1996 (age 24 years), Klimavichy, Belarus
The IOC, which has been in dispute with the Belarusian National Olympic Committee before the Tokyo Games, said it had intervened. “The IOC is investigating the situation and has asked the NOC for clarification,” the Olympics said in a statement.
The Belarusian National Olympic Committee has been led for more than 25 years by Lukashenko and his son Viktor. Both Lukashenkos are excluded from the Tokyo Olympics by the IOC, which investigated complaints from athletes that they faced retaliation and intimidation as a result of protests since last August after the country’s disputed presidential elections.
In a chilling statement this afternoon, the Belarusian Olympic Committee said that national coaches had decided to withdraw Tsimanouskaya from the Tokyo Games on the advice of doctors about her “emotional and psychological state”.
It comes months after western countries condemned the government of Lukashenko, a Kremlin-backed strongman, dubbed Europe’s last dictator, after he attacked a Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jet to hijack a commercial jet. of passengers in order to arrest a dissident journalist.
Tsimanouskaya, who will run in the 200-meter Olympic qualifiers on Monday, criticized team officials from Belarus on his Instagram account. She said that she had been put in the 4×400 relay even though she never raced in the event.
The athlete claimed that she was taken to the airport before she could run the 200m and 4x400m relay. Tsimanouskaya has already competed for Belarus on the first day of track events on Friday at the Tokyo National Stadium. She placed fourth in her first round of the 100 meters, timing 11.47 seconds, and did not advance.
Tsimanouskaya filmed a video that was posted on Telegram by the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation, in which she asked the International Olympic Committee to get involved in her case.
She said: ‘I am asking the International Olympic Committee for help. There is pressure against me and they are trying to get me out of the country without my permission. So, I ask the IOC to get involved in this. ‘ The IOC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Tsimanouskaya told Reuters from the airport:
Tsimanouskaya told Reuters from the airport “Some of our girls did not fly here to compete in the 4x400m relay because they did not have enough doping controls. And the coach brought me into the relay without my knowledge. I spoke about this publicly. The head coach approached me and said that he had received an order from above to remove me.
Dissident journalists said Belarusian state media launched a campaign against her after she criticized the management of the Belarusian national team on Friday.
Minsk-based journalist Hanna Liubakova said on Twitter: “It has been reported that Kryscina Tsimanouskaya, who publicly criticized the regime and sports officials, is being sent from Tokyo back to Belarus. Apparently, representatives of the Belarusian team took her to the airport. It looks like a kidnapping. ‘
She later posted a video that appeared to show the athlete at the airport, tweeting: ‘Tsimanouskaya was escorted to the airport by two members of the Belarusian sports delegation. She now she is with the police and the volunteers. When she was asked if she was afraid of flying #Belarus, she Tsimanouskaya answered ‘yes’.
Tsimanouskaya had previously complained that she entered the 4x400m relay after some team members were found to be ineligible to compete in the Olympics because they had not undergone a sufficient number of doping controls.
The sprinter said that she had approached members of the Belarusian diaspora in Japan to retrieve her at the airport, adding: ‘I think I’m safe. I’m with the police. ‘
The incident recalls the kidnapping of dissident Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega in Minsk after Lukashenko hopped on a Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jet to escort a commercial passenger jet back to Belarus.
Ryanair flight FR4978 was flying from Athens in Greece to Vilnius in Lithuania in May when it was forced to make an emergency landing in Minsk amid false reports of an IED on board.
Lukashenko for the kidnapping. Russia promised Belarus a £ 1.06bn loan last year
Others lost their state jobs or were kicked out of national teams for supporting the opposition.
Putin is the only world leader who defended Lukashenko for the kidnapping. Russia promised Belarus a £ 1.06bn loan last year as part of Moscow’s efforts to stabilize its neighbor and longtime ally. Minsk received a first installment of £ 352 million in October.
Following talks in Sochi, the former Soviet superpower said it would move forward with a second £ 352 million loan to Belarus.
In May, the NATO chief linked the Kremlin to the hijacking of the Ryanair plane by Belarus, having previously described the incident as a “state-sponsored hijacking.”
During the Cold War, dozens of sportsmen and cultural figures defected from the Soviet Union and its satellite states during competitions or tours abroad. But the freedom to travel that came with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 saw the need for such dramatic acts diminish.
In response to today’s incident, Haneda Police said no one was immediately available to comment.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya Quicks and Facts
- Belarusian sprinter who has criticised Alexander Lukashenko claimed officials tried to remove her from Japan
- Krystsina Tsimanouskaya did not plan to fly to Belarus and had sought protection of police at Tokyo’s airport
- The 24-year-old athlete alleged that she was entered into the relay event on Thursday at short notice
- Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation says she did not board flight and is ‘being transported to safe place’
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