Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya, whom the coaching staff of the Belarusian national team decided to return from the Olympics in Tokyo to her homeland, in an interview with Asahi TV channel promised to tell about her future plans through a lawyer. It is reported by TASS…
According to her, she is now in a “safe place” and will inform about her plans through her lawyer on Monday morning, August 2. At the same time, Timanovskaya did not say whether she left the police station at Haneda International Airport.
Earlier, the Czech Republic offered a visa to the Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya due to an attempt by the Belarusian authorities to deport her from the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic, Jakub Kulganek, called the current situation around the athlete scandalous and said that, in agreement with Prime Minister Andrei Babis and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, Prague offers Timanovskaya a visa to enter the territory of a European country so that she can apply for international protection.
On August 1, it became known that the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Belarus removed the athlete from the application for the competition. Thus, Timanovskaya was excluded from the national team on the eve of the race. After that, the Sports Solidarity Fund accused the Belarusian national team of forcibly deporting the athlete from Tokyo, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) demanded an explanation from Minsk.