Belarusian athlete sets course for Poland, a country that has granted him political refuge


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Belarusian athlete sets course for Poland, a country that has granted him political refuge

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya refused to be forcibly repatriated after participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and in Japan she took refuge in the Polish embassy

The Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who refused to be forcibly repatriated after participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and took refuge in the Embassy of Poland in Japan, today set course for this European country, which has offered him asylum.

Tsimanouskaya asked for protection from the Tokyo Haneda airport police last Monday when, according to her version, the Belarusian committee tried to force her back to her country in what she described as “kidnapping”, and since then she has been a refugee in the Polish Embassy in Japan.

The Central European country, which supports Belarusian political refugees and the democratic opposition against Aleksander Lukashenko’s regime, was the first to offer to receive the Olympic athlete, while the International Olympic Committee has opened an investigation to clarify the case.

The athlete left the Polish Embassy on Wednesday morning and went to Narita airport (Tokyo) to board a flight to this country, according to Japanese media.

The day before, the Polish ambassador to Japan, Pawel Milewski, announced that Tsimanouskaya “was well” and “grateful” for the help she received, as well as preparing her trip to that country.

The athlete, who has distinguished herself by supporting the protests against the Lukashenko regime and being in contact with the democratic dissidents in his country, he feared reprisals when he returned to Belarus, as he explained in videos and messages broadcast on social networks.

The 24-year-old sprinter was scheduled to participate in the 200-meter race last Monday, but after complaining about being forced by Minsk to compete in another race last Thursday, she was accused of lacking “team spirit” and having lost the “psychological and emotional balance”, on public television in his country.

The athlete presented the same Monday an urgent request for precautionary measures to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) to annul the decision of her committee not to let her participate in the qualifying test of the 200 meters, which was rejected because “the athlete could not prove their case “to obtain the application of said measures, according to that body.


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