Belarusian Sprinter Who Said She Was Being Sent Home ‘Under Pressure,’ Granted Polish Visa

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A 24-year-old female athlete from Belarus who feared for her safety after she criticized the Belarusian Olympic Committee staff is seeking asylum in Poland.

Female sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she was removed from the olympic team and taken to the airport in order to return to Belarus, but told Japanese authorities that she did not, in fact, want to return to her home country.

“I am under pressure and they are trying to take me out of the country without my consent. I ask the International Olympic Committee to interfere,” she said in a video posted by Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation, a non-governmental organization.

“I am afraid that in Belarus they might put me in jail. I am not afraid that I will be fired or kicked out of the national command,” she told Belarusian media outlet Tribuna. “I am worried about my safety. And I think that at the moment it is not safe for me in Belarus.”

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