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Belarus Olympic Sprinter provides shelter from Poland and Czech Republic

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Poland and the Czech Republic have provided visas and shelters for Belarusian sprinters competing in the Tokyo Olympics. The Belarusian sprinter claimed to have been taken to the airport against her will after criticizing the national coach.

Chris Zina Zimanoskaya stayed at a hotel at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Sunday. Seeking “protection” The International Olympic Committee said on Monday that the information was from the local government and was “safe.”

Japanese police, Tokyo 2020 officials, and representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees were also with runners who were scheduled to compete for the heat at the 200-meter women’s event on Monday.

“She’s safe and secure,” said IOC chief spokesman Marc Adams.

Alexander LukashenkoBelarus’ brutal leaders have been criticized after launching a campaign to fraudulently claim victory in last year’s presidential election and suppress his rival protesters and supporters.

The IOC has banned Lukashenko from participating in the Tokyo Olympics with his son Victor, other national civil servants, including the chairman of the National Olympic Committee.

Sanctions were imposed after Belarusian athletes accused authorities of political discrimination and imprisonment. The IOC has also frozen payments to the Belarusian Olympic Committee other than those paid directly to athletes.

Poland and Czech Republic are the most Candid critics Of Lukashenko.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland, Marcin Przydacz, Said A Belarusian sprinter “is offered a humanitarian visa, and if she chooses so, she is free to pursue a sports career in Poland.”

Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Slawhanek said the situation in Zimanuskaya was “scandalous.” He added that Prague provided her with visas and “international protection” and the embassy in Tokyo was ready to help.

Tsimanouskaya uses her social media account Blame the coach She said that other Belarusian athletes had not completed sufficient anti-doping tests for the competition and therefore registered her for untrained events such as the 4x400m relay.

Japanese government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said Tokyo is working with the IOC and other local governments to determine athletes’ intentions.

The IOC said it sought a report from the Belarusian Olympic Committee before deciding whether to take further action.

Japanese police did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, A Belarusian opposition leader told the Financial Times: “What happened to Kristinazimanoskaya is part of a broader crackdown on Belarusian athletes. Today, criticism of the authorities is seen as an attack on the government, even by sports leaders. . ”

The IOC said it is still working to determine how Tsimanouskaya left the Olympic Village. Sprinter said he apparently traveled to the airport with a group of about 16 Belarusian athletes who will leave Japan after the event.

Zimanuskaya was scheduled to compete in the women’s 200m event after running in the heat of the 100m race on Friday. The IOC said it was unclear whether other Belarusian officials or coaches took her to the airport.

Images and videos distributed on social media sites by Belarusian opposition activists appeared to indicate that Tsimanouskaya refused to board the plane.

The Belarusian Olympic Commission did not respond to a request for comment, but a statement originating from the organization suggests that Zimanuskaya was excluded from the competition by the coach with the advice of a doctor about her “emotional and psychological state”. did.

In response, Zimanuskaya posted the statement on Instagram with the message, “This is a lie.”

“I’m asking the International Olympic Committee for help, they [Belarusian officials] Twimanoskaya said in a video message reportedly recorded from the airport on Sunday night.

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Belarus Olympic Sprinter provides shelter from Poland and Czech Republic

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