Belarusian sprinter is under the protection of Japanese 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.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya made a dash for freedom at a Tokyo-area airport, claiming her team was forcing her to return home after she criticized her coaches.
was under the protection of Japanese authorities Monday, 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.The sprinter, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, sought the protection of Japanese police at Haneda Airport on Sunday after she refused to board a flight to Minsk, the International Olympic Committee and Japanese authorities confirmed.
“They are trying to get me out of the country without my permission,”in a videotape posted online by the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, or BSSF, a dissident athletic organization.The IOC confirmed in a tweet Sunday that Tsimanouskaya “is with the authorities at Haneda airport.”
“She has told us she feels safe,” it said.The IOC and Tokyo 2020 have spoken to Krystsina Tsymanouskaya directly tonight. She is with the authorities at Haneda airport and is currently accompanied by a staff member of Tokyo 2020. She has told us that she feels safe. /1 headtopics.com
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia)August 1, 2021The Polish government was the first to offer Tsimanouskaya a safe haven.“She was offered a humanitarian visa and is free to pursue her sporting career in Poland if she so chooses,” Deputy Foreign Affairs MinisterMarcin Przydacz said on Twitter
.The Czechs also offered to take in Tsimanouskaya, and the BSSF said she may seek asylum in Germany or Austria.Tsimanouskaya’s escape,, came as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been widely criticized for his brutal crackdown on political opponents trying to remove him from an office he has held since 1994.
The president of Belarus’ Olympic committee isLukashenko’s son Victor.The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus and the Belarusian Consulate in Tokyo did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Read more: NBC News »
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Poland may have its own problems, but this is definitely the right thing to do. It’s nice to see the international community supporting her. Whatever she does, don't get in an airplane near Belrusian airspace. Also, I wouldn't trust Poland either. Hopefully somebody less Putin-y offers her the same. Good on them!!!!
HRW: Saudi Arabia jails Sudanese journalist for critical tweets FreePoliticalPrisoners freedomofspeech MissLoki80 japan 💙💙💙💙👍 This is what global leadership looks like. PattyArquette Offer her asylum! PattyArquette She didn't board the plane that was arranged for her by the Belarusian government. That's not a “dash for freedom”, that's dodging a bullet. ClickBait
Thank God 😂 propaganda tries to bite own elbow The Olympics have always been a great opportunity for athletes to seek asylum.
Belarusian sprinter says she is asking IOC for helpBelarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday to get involved in her case after saying she had been removed from the national team and taken to Tokyo airport against her wishes over her criticism of national coaches. According to some sources, several embassies have already offered to protect her, and Japanese gov and Chiba Prefectural Police are guarding her in collaboration with IOC. Given that IOC issued a warning to Belarusian gov earlier this year, it may have already been predicted.
Europeans and Eurasians seem to have more leverage with human rights and UN. 'made a dash,' shame on you NBC. Belarus deliberately hijacked and forced down a plane just so they could arrest a journalist just a few weeks ago. What do you think they're planning to do with this young lady? Crazy I just hope her Family won’t be punished I’m sure she’s worried sick about that. I know I would be.
Sprinter says she was taken to airport after criticizing coachesBelarusian sprinter says she was taken to the airport against her wishes to board a flight home after publicly criticizing national coaches at the Tokyo Olympics. post Curry Abducted against her will. BELARUS D E M O C R A C Y N O W ! ! !
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.
IOC: Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is safe and secureExiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged the IOC to take up the athlete's case and said Krystsina has a right to international protection and to continue participation in the Olympics.
Belarusian Sprinter Tsimanouskaya Is Safe With Japanese AuthoritiesA Belarusian sprinter who had resisted her team’s attempts to send her home against her will in the middle of a public dispute is safe in the hands of Japanese authorities, the International Olympic Committee says Cruel well, crap, would you want to go home if it meant torture or the end of your life?