Belarusian sprinter says she is being forcibly removed from the Olympics and sent home


Athlete Kristina Timanovskaya stated within the brief video launched on social media: “I used to be put beneath stress and they’re making an attempt to forcibly take me in another country with out my consent. I ask the IOC to intervene.”

It appeared on-line after Timanovskaya was instructed she’s going to now not be capable of compete for Belarus and that she should return to its capital Minsk instantly, in response to Anatol Kotau, of the Belarus Sports activities Solidarity Basis. The group represents Belarusian athletes repressed by Belarusian authorities.

Kotau, who’s in direct contact with Timanovskaya, stated that at round 3:00 p.m. native time (2:00 a.m. ET) on Sunday, representatives of the Belarus nationwide staff got here to the Olympic village and requested her to “pack her belongings as a call had been made for her to return to Minsk.”

Timanovskaya is at present at Haneda Worldwide Airport police station, Kotau instructed CNN by cellphone. Kotau added that the athlete was scheduled to be on flight TK0199 to Istanbul, departing at 10:50 p.m. Tokyo time.

Kotau stated that as quickly as Timanovskaya arrived on the airport, she approached a Japanese police officer and stated she wish to apply for political asylum.

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The Belarusian Nationwide Olympic Committee stated Sunday that Timanovskaya was withdrawn from the Video games resulting from her “emotional and psychological state.”

“In accordance with the medical doctors’ conclusion, as a result of emotional and psychological state of the Belarusian monitor and discipline athlete Kristina Timanovskaya, the teaching workers of the nationwide monitor and discipline staff determined to cease the athlete’s efficiency on the Video games of the XXXII Olympics,” the committee stated in an announcement on their Fb web page.

“Due to this fact, the athlete’s software for participation within the qualifying races for the 200 meter and within the 4×400 meter relay has been withdrawn,” it added.

In an Instagram publish on Friday July 30, Timanovskaya stated that she had been included on an inventory to compete within the 4x400m relay with out her consent.

“I might by no means in my life start to react so harshly if they’d come as much as me upfront, clarify the scenario and discover out if I can run 400m and I’m prepared? However they determined to do every thing behind my again although I attempted to search out out this info however was solely ignored,” she wrote.

The IOC stated in an announcement to CNN: “The IOC has seen the studies within the media, is wanting into the scenario and has requested the NOC (Nationwide Olympic Committee of Belarus) for clarification.”

CNN has reached out to Timanovksaya herself, the Belarusian Nationwide Olympic Workforce and the Belarusian Embassy in Tokyo for extra info, however has not acquired a response.


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