The International Olympic Committee sanctioned coaches Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich for their role in the attempted forced repatriation of the Belarusian sprinter
TOKYO – The International Olympic Committee (COI) decided today to expel from the Tokyo Games two coaches from the team Belarus for his role in the attempted forced repatriation of the sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya.
The COI has decided to sanction the technicians in this way Artur shimak Y Yury Maisevich, after creating a disciplinary commission to “clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident,” as announced this Friday in a statement.
“For the welfare of the athletes of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus that are still in Tokyo and as a provisional measure, the COI he has canceled and withdrawn the accreditations of the two coaches the day before, “said the international body.
The two coaches were asked to leave the Olympic village immediately and they did, according to the COI, which added that both will be offered “an opportunity to explain themselves.”
Tsimanouskaya landed last Wednesday in Warsaw, after granting Poland humanitarian asylum after she asked the Japanese police for help while members of her national committee tried to force her to return to her country, which the athlete described as an “kidnapping” attempt.
The runner, known for having expressed her support for the popular movement against the Alexandr Lukashenko, competed in the Tokyo Olympics and feared retaliation upon returning to Belarus, as explained in videos and messages broadcast on social networks.