Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, a Belarusian athlete, refused to return home and claimed that she was taken against her will by her team.
She entered a Polish embassy yesterday, applied for asylum and missed her flight to her country from an airport in Tokyo.
Poland 🇵🇱 is ready to help Kryscina Tsimanouskaya, a Belarusian athlete summoned by the Lukashenka regime to return from the Olympic Games in Minsk. She has been offered a humanitarian visa and is free to pursue her sports career in Poland if she wishes.
– Marcin Przydacz (@marcin_przydacz) August 1, 2021
The Olympian claims to have been apprehended by officials after filing a complaint against her coaches.
Public criticism can be seen on her Instagram account, in which she complains that she was put on the baton despite having no experience of the event.
She also said that some members had been declared ineligible because they had not carried out enough doping tests.
The athlete was offered a humanitarian visa by the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry, Marcin Przydacz, who said she was: “Free to continue her sports career in Poland if she wishes”.
The Belarusian entered the embassy in an unmarked silver van around 5:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. GMT) and was greeted by two officials who carried red and white flags.
This red and white flag is considered a symbol of opposition to Belarus.
Krystsina was scheduled to compete in the women’s 200-meter playoffs on Monday, but instead she was taken to the airport to board a flight after her comments.
The Belarusian Olympic Committee claimed that the reasoning for removing her from the heat was due to her “emotional and psychological state”.
Yuri Moisevich, one of her trainers, said he “could see that there was something wrong with her… She isolated herself or didn’t want to talk.
A spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee, Mark Adams, provided an update.
He said: “She reassured us and assured us that she felt safe. She spent the night in an airport hotel in a safe and secure environment.
“The IOC and Tokyo 2020 will continue their conversations with her and the Japanese authorities to determine the next step in the coming days. “
The Belarusian spoke to reporters to clarify what had happened via Telegram, saying: “The head coach came to me and said there was an order from above to pull me out”,
“At 5:00 pm they came to my room and told me to pack my bags and they took me to the airport.
“I will not go back to Belarus.”