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


Athlete Kristina Timanovskaya mentioned within the quick video launched on social media: “I was put under pressure and they are trying to forcibly take me out of the country without my consent. I ask the IOC to intervene.”

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

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

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

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

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The Belarusian National Olympic Committee mentioned Sunday that Timanovskaya was withdrawn from the Games attributable to her “emotional and psychological state.”

“According to the doctors’ conclusion, due to the emotional and psychological state of the Belarusian track and field athlete Kristina Timanovskaya, the coaching staff of the national track and field team decided to stop the athlete’s performance at the Games of the XXXII Olympics,” the committee mentioned in an announcement on their Facebook web page.

“Therefore, the athlete’s application for participation in the qualifying races for the 200 meter and in the 4×400 meter relay has been withdrawn,” it added.

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

“I would never in my life begin to react so harshly if they would come up to me in advance, explain the situation and find out if I can run 400m and I am ready? But they decided to do everything behind my back despite the fact that I tried to find out this information but was only ignored,” she wrote.

The IOC mentioned in an announcement to CNN: “The IOC has seen the reports in the media, is looking into the situation and has asked the NOC (National Olympic Committee of Belarus) for clarification.”

CNN has reached out to Timanovksaya herself, the Belarusian National Olympic Team and the Belarusian Embassy in Tokyo for extra data, however has not obtained a response.

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