Krystsina Tsimanouskaya Wiki – Krystsina Tsimanouskaya Biography
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is a Belarusian sprinter voiced who fears for her safety as she refused to fly home early from the Olympics to criticize her coaches.
Tsimanouskaya says she was forced to pack before being taken to the airport in Tokyo against her will.
She is 24 years old.
Belarusian Sprinter Forced To Return
In a video posted online, she had previously alleged that she was entered into this Thursday’s 400m relay event at short notice by Belarusian officials after some teammates were found to be ineligible to compete.
State media criticized her after posting the video, with one television channel saying she lacked “team spirit”.
On Sunday, she claims officials came to her room and gave her an hour to pack her bags before being escorted to Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
She said she had been removed from the team due “to the fact that I spoke on my Instagram about the negligence of our coaches”.
The 24-year-old says she sought police protection at the terminal not to have to board the flight.
“I think I am safe. I am with the police,” she was heard saying, as she was pictured surrounded by officers.
Due to compete in the women’s 200m event on Monday, the sprinter had complained about social media about being entered into another race at short notice.
She says she was “put under pressure” by team officials to return home and asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for help.
“They are trying to get me out of the country without my permission,” she said in a video posted on the Telegram channel of the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation (BSSF). This group supports athletes jailed or sidelined for their political views.
The IOC said it was seeking clarification from Belarussian officials, who said she was taken off the team because of her “emotional and psychological condition”.
In a later message, the IOC said it had spoken to Ms. Tsimanouskaya. “She has told us she feels safe,” it said.
The flight took off without Ms. Tsimanouskaya on board. She is now “safe”, and in police protection, the BSSF’s Anatol Kotau told the BBC.
Earlier, Ms. Tsimanouskaya told radio station European Radio for Belarus (ERB) she was afraid to return to her country.