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Kryscina Cimanouska, Belarusian sprinter: I am ready to become a symbol for Belarusians, for people under pressure

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Kryscina Cimanouska, who obtained a humanitarian visa in Poland, said in “Fakty po Faktach” that she now “feels completely safe”. – The Polish government helps us very much, they have guaranteed us protection – said the Belarusian sprinter. She admitted that when she posted on social media an entry criticizing the sports authorities of her country, she did not think that any trouble could arise from it.

Belarusian sprinter Kryscin Cimanouska announced on Sunday that in connection with criticism of the actions of the sports authorities of her country was removed from participation in the Games and attempts were made to force her to depart for Belarus. Eventually, the athlete received a Polish humanitarian visa at the Polish Embassy in Tokyo. Her husband also received the same help. On Wednesday, the Belarusian woman landed in Poland.

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Cimanouska: I won’t be able to stand aside anymore

On Thursday, in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24, Cimanouska admitted that she “now feels completely safe”. – The Polish government helps us very much, they have guaranteed us protection and at the moment I am waiting for my husband – she said. – Unfortunately, my parents stayed in Belarus, but we are in constant contact. They fully support me and absolutely stand by my side, she said.

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As she said when she published a post criticizing the country’s sports authorities on social media, she did not think that any trouble could arise from it.

She also assured that she had not participated in any protests against the authorities. – I have never spoken out against the government, by definition I was not involved in politics – she explained. – Only sport interested me – added the sprinter.

Cimanouska also said that she is “ready to become a symbol of support for Belarusians, for those people who want to say what they think and who are under pressure.” – I call these people to speak, not to be silent. That they could say what they think – she added. – I will not be able to stand aside anymore, I will support everyone who will need such support – she declared.



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