Belarusian athlete Yana Maksimova, performing in the all-around, refused to return to Belarus. She wrote about this in her Instagram-account.
The athlete, who is now in Germany, said that she made this decision after much deliberation. According to Maksimova, if she now returns to Belarus, she may lose not only freedom, but also “lose her life”. At the same time, the athlete noted that in Germany she can breathe deeply and be one of those who are fighting for the freedom of their people, friends, relatives and friends.
Maksimova, 32, is the silver medalist at the European Indoor Pentathlon Championships. In Germany, she is with her husband Andrei Kravchenko, who won second place at the 2008 Olympics in the decathlon.
On August 1, the National Olympic Committee of Belarus expelled athlete Kristina Timanovskaya from the national team at the Tokyo Olympics. Her emotional and psychological state was indicated as the reason. A few days earlier, Timanovskaya had criticized Belarusian sports officials.
The opposition Sports Solidarity Fund said that they tried to force the athlete out of Tokyo, but later the Japanese government announced that she was safe. After that Timanovskaya received a Polish visa.