Olympics-Relay controversy key to Belarusian sprinter's defection

7/8/2021 6:28:00 AM

Olympics-Relay controversy key to Belarusian sprinter's defection

Olympics-Relay controversy key to Belarusian sprinter's defection

WARSAW/TOKYO : Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya travelled thousands of miles because she desperately did not want to run 400 metres.The 24-year-old Belarusian was removed from the Tokyo Olympics by her team and taken to the airport against her wishes last Sunday after complaining publicly that coa

WARSAW/TOKYO : Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya travelled thousands of miles because she desperately did not want to run 400 metres.The 24-year-old Belarusian was removed from the Tokyo Olympics by her team and taken to the airport against her wishes last Sunday after complaining publicly that coaches had entered her in the 4x400m relay days before the event.

She refused to board https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/exclusive-olympics-belarusian-athlete-says-she-was-taken-airport-go-home-after-2021-08-01 the flight home and has since sought refugee status in Poland, fearing for her safety if she returned to Belarus.

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LinkedIn WARSAW/TOKYO : Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya travelled thousands of miles because she desperately did not want to run 400 metres.LinkedIn WARSAW: Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya told Reuters on Thursday (Aug 5) she decided to defect as she was being driven to a Tokyo airport because her grandmother told her that it was not safe to return home to Belarus.LinkedIn TOKYO : Filippo Tortu ran a breathtaking final leg on Friday, as Italy added to an unprecedentedly rich Olympic harvest in athletics in Tokyo by pipping Britain by one-hundredth of a second for a shock 4x100 metre relay gold.Survivors, relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended this year's main event in Hiroshima to pray for those killed or wounded in the bombing and call for world peace.

The 24-year-old Belarusian was removed from the Tokyo Olympics by her team and taken to the airport against her wishes last Sunday after complaining publicly that coaches had entered her in the 4x400m relay days before the event. She refused to board https://www. After seeking protection from Japanese police, she flew on Wednesday to Poland instead of Belarus.reuters. team that have dominated the event for decades but failed to make the final following a ragged run that saw them finish sixth in their semi-final.com/lifestyle/sports/exclusive-olympics-belarusian-athlete-says-she-was-taken-airport-go-home-after-2021-08-01 the flight home and has since sought refugee status in Poland, fearing for her safety if she returned to Belarus. The quotes were translated into English from Russian by Reuters. Belarus entered Tsimanouskaya in the relay scheduled for Aug. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga also delivered a speech in the city, but was later forced to apologise for skipping part of the text -- reportedly on Japan's support of international nuclear disarmament -- apparently by accident.

5 to replace one of two runners deemed ineligible to compete because they had not been subjected to enough doping tests.. Italy had also never won more than three Olympic gold medals in athletics before. Tsimanouskaya had been set to run the 200m on Aug. 2, a day after she was removed from the team. concluded I would either end up in a psychiatric hospital or in jail upon returning. The Belarusian Olympic Committee said she was being sent home on doctors' advice relating to her emotional and psychological state. "This is the year of Italy, this is our year. Tsimanouskaya, though, told Reuters she was being sent home for speaking https://www. So my grandmother called me and said please do not come back to Belarus - it's not safe for you here. "It is disappointing, even though we appreciate that Bach visited Hiroshima to learn the reality of bomb victims," he said.

reuters.com/world/europe/exclusive-belarusian-sprinter-decided-defect-way-airport-family-fears-about-2021-08-05"about the negligence of our coaches" and that she had been included in the relay without her knowledge." "My grandmother called me just as I was being driven to the airport. But the 23-year-old made up almost a metre on Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake to help set a new national record of 37. Few athletes who excel at the shorter sprints can add the speed endurance necessary to be competitive over 400m, widely regarded as one of the most demanding of all distances. To do it without any preparation would be extraordinarily tough. I had literally 10 seconds and she called me and said 'please don't return to Belarus, it's unsafe' and she hung up. "Some 200m runners are more speed and endurance oriented, while some 200m runners are more oriented towards short distances," Jamaican head coach Maurice Wilson told Reuters."I need to recharge them for tomorrow because I need them more for the anthem (during the medal ceremony)." This year's ceremony is the first since an international treaty banning nuclear weapons entered into force last year when a 50th country ratified the text.

"You can also classify short sprinters who run the 200m and longer sprinters that can run the 100m but can also win the 200m. It's my motherland." Stuart McMillan, a coach who works with some of the world's top sprinters, said Tsimanouskaya's participation in the relay would have probably affected her performance in the 200m had she not been removed from the team ahead of the event. "She had a realistic shot at making the semi-final," McMillan told Reuters in an email. I never wanted to leave. It's just we put a lot of work and effort into this and we believe we're the best quartet in the world and we wanted to display that when the time comes," Mitchell-Blake said."If they had asked her to be part of the relay weeks in advance, then maybe she could adjust her programming to fit it in. But if they asked her the day before or the day of, then that's not acceptable - and not fair..

" RISK OF INJURY John Regis was predominantly a 200m runner who won multiple Olympic and world championship medals for Britain at both 4x100m and 4x400m. Likely medallists on paper even without the retired Usain Bolt, defending champions Jamaica learnt a tough lesson as they messed up their changeovers to finish fifth behind China. He often ran both at the same event, and said he was"scared" of the longer distance. Everything that has happened is a bit of a shock for me and I didn't think this could all end for me. "I may have world and European gold medals from running a leg of the 4x400m, but I think I ran the individual 400m about four times in my career," he said."I hated it. They didn't expect that I could approach the police in the airport. I would get to 300 and it would feel as if my whole body was on fire.

" Usain Bolt was often touted as potentially well suited for the 400m, but the Jamaican always dismissed the suggestion by saying the one lap event was just too painful. But I'm not afraid. Some athletes have said Tsimanouskaya's objections at having to run the event without having trained for the distance were legitimate. "The 400m is a completely different distance from what from Krystsina runs," Belarusian decathlete Andrei Krauchanka, the 2008 Olympic silver medallist, told Reuters. I haven't signed any letters or gone to any protests."To run 400m can damage your health, it's crazy work." "Krystsina has no blame at all in this situation. I'm an athlete and I don't understand anything about politics.

It's not her fault that the relay fell apart." The hastily assembled Belarussian team finished a distant last in their 4x400m semi-final, more than 11 seconds behind first-placed Jamaica. I wanted to put all my effort into sport and not to get distracted by politics. "They should have at least warned her in advance, given her the opportunity to prepare," said Aliaksandra Herasimenia, a former Olympic swimmer who heads the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, a group that supports athletes jailed or sidelined for their political views. "When athletes compete in an event that is not theirs, they can get injured. I wanted to make the final and compete for medals. Anything can happen.

" (Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Warsaw and Mitch Phillips in Tokyo; Additional reporting by Kayon Raynor in Kingston; Editing by Lincoln Feast. I was only against violence.) Source: Reuters .