After an internal investigation, the International Olympic Committee, according to Reuters news agency, withdrew the accreditations and ordered two people from the Belarusian national team to leave the Olympic village, who put pressure on and tried to intimidate the runner Kriscina Cimanouska.
The decision to withdraw the accreditation of sports activists was made after an internal IOC investigation, which did not accept the version of the events presented by the Belarusian Olympic committee, claiming that it had excluded Kryscina Cimanouska from participating in the Tokyo Olympics due to her poor “emotional and mental state”. She herself claimed that the sports authorities tried to force her to return to Belarus and threatened with reprisals.
Cimanouska’s problems began when she publicly criticized her coaches for not allowing three Belarusian runners to participate in the Olympics, and that she herself was enrolled in the 4×400 m relay, although this is not her specialty, because runs 200 m.
Cimanouska with a humanitarian visa, went to Warsaw
Last Sunday, the sprinter alerted the media and the world public opinion that her sports guardians – after taking her away from starts – were trying to force her to return to Belarus. The decision, according to her report, was made “at a higher level”, and the reasons were her statements. At Tokyo airport, the athlete reported to the police and stated that she intended to apply for political asylum in Europe.
Then she went to the Polish Embassy, where she received protection. After the Polish services granted her a humanitarian visa, the runner went to Warsaw via Vienna. On Thursday, the 24-year-old athlete was joined by her spouse, who also has a humanitarian visa.
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