Krystsina Tsimanouskaya of Belarus competes in the women’s 100m qualifier in the athletics Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on July 30, 2021 | Photo: VALDRIN XHEMAJ / Agência EFE / Gazeta do Povo
Belarusian Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya applied for asylum at the Polish Embassy in Tokyo on Monday (2). According to BBC News, she obtained a humanitarian visa in the European country.
On Sunday, the sprinter reported that Belarusian authorities tried to force her out of Japan, without her consent, after she criticized the country’s Olympic committee, led by Viktor Lukashenko, son of dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
“I am asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for help. They are trying to get me out of the country without my permission and I am asking the IOC to get involved,” Tsimanouskaya said in a video shared on Telegram and verified by the British. BBC broadcaster. She also said she feared returning to Belarus and had received several threats. To justify her premature departure from the Olympics, the country’s committee said she was taken out of competitions due to her emotional state.
The IOC said Krystsina, 24, was “safe and secure” and spent the night in a hotel at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. In addition to the Japanese authorities, a UN team accompanies the athlete.