D.he International Olympic Committee revoked the Olympic accreditation of two Belarusian athletics coaches in connection with the fall of sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya. A disciplinary commission set up on Wednesday decided that, the IOC announced on Friday in Tokyo via the short message service Twitter. The provisional measure was taken in the interests of the well-being of the Belarusian athletes who are still in the Olympic city.
The trainers Artur Schimak and Yuri Maisewitsch reportedly left the Olympic village immediately after being asked to do so. The two officials reportedly told Timanovskaya in Tokyo that she had to return to her homeland early because of critical comments on social media.
Landed safely in Poland
The 24-year-old had turned to the Japanese police at Haneda Airport and refused the return flight. She has since received a humanitarian visa from Poland and left Tokyo on Wednesday. Timanowskaja has now arrived in Poland, where she gave a press conference on Thursday. “I feel safe here,” she said in Warsaw. Her husband was also expected there.
“I hope that we can stay here, that I can continue my career and that my husband can find work here,” said the sprinter.