On Sunday, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz said that he had offered an entry visa to the Belarusian athlete Kryscina Cimanouska, an Olympic athlete from Tokyo. The sportswoman reported that the Belarusian authorities wanted to force her to return to Minsk. “He can continue his sports career in Poland, if he so decides” – wrote Przydacz on Twitter. The Czech Republic also made a similar proposal to the runner.
A few days ago, 24-year-old Belarusian sprinter Kryscina Cimanouska criticized her coaches for the fact that due to their negligence, three Belarusian runners were not allowed to participate in the Olympics, and that she herself was enrolled in the 4×400 m relay, although she runs 200 m.
On Sunday Cimanouska informed that her guardians were trying to force her to return to Belarus, and the order to remove her from the team and send her back to the country came from Minsk. Journalists present at the Tokyo airport on Sunday reported that Cimanouska did not board the scheduled flight to Istanbul, from where it was supposed to fly to Minsk.
The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is reacting. “Poland is ready to help”
The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the situation of the runner. Deputy Minister Marcin Przydacz wrote on Twitter that “Poland is ready to help Kryscina Cimanouska, a Belarusian athlete whose regime of Lukashenka ordered her to return to Minsk from the Olympic Games”.
He said that the player was offered a humanitarian visa. “And he can continue his sports career in Poland, if he so chooses” – he added.
Aid for the Belarusian woman has already been declared by the Polish embassy in Tokyo.
The Czech Republic talks about a scandalous situation and also offers help
The Czech Republic is also ready to help the Belarusian athlete. Jakub Kulhanek, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced on Sunday that the Cimanouska entry visa was offered.
The Czech assessed that the situation around Cimanouska was “scandalous”, and he agreed the visa offer with Prime Minister Andrej Babisz and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior Jan Hamaczek.
Filip Neusser, chairman of the National Sports Agency, appealed for help for the athlete. According to him, Cimanouska could fly from Tokyo to Prague on a government plane, which is to be used by another group of Czech Olympians and technical teams.
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