Japan says a Belarus track sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is safe after she alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff at Tokyo ’s main airport. Belarus ' neighbor, Poland, has offered help to Tsimanouskaya.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan 's government said a Belarus track sprinter was safe Monday after she alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff at Tokyo ’s main airport.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government said a Belarus track sprinter was safe Monday after she alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff at Tokyo’s main airport.An activist group supporting Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she believed her life was in danger in Belarus and she would seek asylum with the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo.
Japanese government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told reporters that Japan was cooperating with other organizations “to take appropriate measures,” and confirmed that Tsimanouskaya was safe. The Foreign Ministry said Japan was working with the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Olympics organizers.
Tsimanouskaya said in a filmed message distributed on social media that she was pressured by Belarus team officials and asked the IOC for help.“I was put under pressure and they are trying to forcibly take me out of the country without my consent,” the 24-year-old runner said. headtopics.com
Tsimanouskaya, who is due to run in the Olympic 200-meter heats Monday, criticized Belarus team officials on her Instagram account. She said she’d been put in the 4x400 relay despite never racing the event.ADVERTISEMENTThe Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation said government supporters targeted the athlete, and Tsimanouskaya contacted the group for help to avoid what she feared was a forced deportation to Minsk.
“The campaign was quite serious and that was a clear signal that her life would be in danger in Belarus,” Alexander Opeikin, a spokesman for the BSSF, told The Associated Press in an interview.Tsimanouskaya summoned Japanese police at Haneda Airport and did not board a flight departing for Istanbul. Foreign ministry officials arrived later at the airport, Opeikin said.
In a statement released by the BSSF, Tsimanouskaya said she was in a police station early Monday morning.“I explained the situation to a police officer of how I was taken from the Olympic Village,” she said. “Now I am in a secure situation and am figuring out the question of where I will spend the night.”
The IOC, which has been in dispute with the Belarus National Olympic Committee ahead of the Tokyo Games, said it had intervened.“The IOC … is looking into the situation and has asked the NOC for clarification,” it said in a statement.Belarus’ neighbor, Poland, where many critics of the Minsk regime have come to live, offered help to Tsimanouskaya. Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said on Twitter that Tsimanouskaya has been offered a “humanitarian visa and is free to pursue her sporting career in Poland if she so chooses.” headtopics.com
The Belarus National Olympic Committee has been led for more than 25 years by authoritarian state president Alexander Lukashenko and his son, Viktor.Both Lukashenkos are banned from the Tokyo Olympics by the IOC, which investigated complaints from athletes that they faced reprisals and intimidation in fallout from protests since last August after the country’s disputed presidential election.
A spokeswoman for the Belarus Olympic team did not respond to a request for comment.Tsimanouskaya was taken to a safe place and would ask for asylum from the Austrian embassy, Opeikin said.Tsimanouskaya already competed for Belarus on the first day of track events Friday at the National Stadium in Tokyo. She placed fourth in her first-round heat in the 100 meters, timing 11.47 seconds, and did not advance.Read more: The Associated Press »
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Today: Tsimanouskaya is flying to Vienna, but she was expected to travel on to Poland. She said she hoped she could continue her career but that safety was her immediate priority. Wishing this athlete strength. Hope her family will be safe So does she switch to the refugee team or ? Love the poles Idrettspolitik1
Great, now it would be brilliant of a decent country offered her asylum. FBI CIA Please Help the United States of America Be 1 again Please I love America To Much. I’m Crying 😢 Someone was holding her against her will? Was her family being held hostage? No. Usual hype thanks Poland.Please keep all spelling correctr.Thankski.
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KremlinRussia_E has its hand in a public event that put an Olympics athlete from Belarus at risk. Putin staged a public protest against Olympics and athletes. Both of these would have been a more accurate headline JoeBiden Its a shame in these times to get persecuted by her own federation-as politics favoritism and animosity has trickled in sports
BREAKING: Activists: Belarusian sprinter seeking visa at Polish embassy in Tokyo after alleging officials tried to force her home. 'Lukashenko regime attempts kidnapping of Belarus athlete in Tokyo' TIFIFY. JonLemire Tried to remove? send her back to belarus So sad to know that sports is now mix with politics
i just want to spot one moment, this Tsimanovskaya is weak athlete and her patricipance in this hoax is very stupid step. she will not get ticket to big sport. she will be used for pair months in propaganda and thrown out. With her speed, they probably couldn't catch her.. I'm fast as ____ boys.. I'm fast as ____ .
very boring lie
Japan shelters Belarusian sprinter who sought to flee at the Olympics Belarus ian sprinter is under the protection of Japan ese authorities, a day after she made a dash for freedom at a Tokyo -area airport, claiming her team was forcing her to return home after she publicly criticized her coaches at the Olympics. That's relieving. Crazy I just hope her Family won’t be punished I’m sure she’s worried sick about that. I know I would be.
when you read Poland always add NATO. Poland has no own opinion, it is NATO speaking, brainwashing people in EUROPE and the U.S. that Russia is on the verge of attacking Poland and Baltic States for now 30 years. It is not about sport, it is about politics. Unfortunately, Olimpic Games became a political arena
It's about time governments all over the world, stops harrasing their people.
Belarus Tries to Send Olympic Sprinter Home After CriticismKrystsina Tsimanouskaya said she is safe at a Tokyo police station after asking for help in preventing Belarus Olympic Committee from removing her from Japan against her will. She intended to seek for asylum in Austrian embassy. Austrian embassy however stated it is possible to seek for asylum only in person in Austria. But now Czech foreign minister offered her visa.
Belarus runner alleges Olympic team tried to send her homeAn activist group supporting Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she believed her life was in danger in Belarus and would seek asylum with the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo .
Belarus athlete 'safe and secure' in Tokyo as Poland, Czech offer visasA Belarus ian athlete who refused to board a flight after she said she was taken to the airport by her team against her wishes was 'safe and secure' in Tokyo , the International Olympic Committee said on Monday. as if she was not Well done Japan. Definitely high drama brewing a diplomatic incident, when a 24 year old female sprinter is barred from competing and nearly forced to leave the games all because as her coach reveals “She either secluded herself or didn't want to talk.'
Belarus runner alleges Olympic team tried to send her home TOKYO (AP) — A Belarus track sprinter alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff Sunday evening at Tokyo ’s main airport. An activist group supporting Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she believed her life was in danger in Belarus and would seek asylum with the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo . 👀 Please contribute to our camping and get your perks. Thank you