The International Olympic Committee wants to ensure the safety of Belarusian athletes who are still in Tokyo.
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revoked the accreditations of two Belarusian coaches and urged them to leave the Olympic Village.
The coach duo is suspected of trying to force a Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaja return home to this review of the country’s sports leadership.
Those coaches are Artur Shimak and Yuri Maisevitsh. The IOC says that coaches will be given the opportunity to be heard regarding the revocation of accreditations. However, the IOC states that by revoking the accreditations, it wants to safeguard the safety and well-being of the Belarusian athletes still in Tokyo.
Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaja says the British Broadcasting Corporation To the BBCthat his grandmother had told the runner not to return home.
Tsimanouskaja had criticized the Belarusian sports leadership on social media at the Tokyo Olympics, after which the Olympic team leadership tried to force the runner to return to Belarus.
Grandmother had called while Tsimanouskaya was on her way to the airport. He had said something bad could happen if the athlete returned to Belarus. The grandmother had followed the situation of her granddaughter in the Belarusian media.
“I couldn’t believe (what he said) and I asked if you were sure. He said he was confident and urged not to go back, ”Tsimanouskaya told the BBC.
“That was the reason I applied to the police.”
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At the airport, Tsimanouskaya had asked for help from the authorities who helped the runner and was taken to safety at the Polish Embassy in Tokyo. Poland granted Tsimanouskaya a humanitarian visa and he arrived in the Polish capital, Warsaw, on Wednesday.
In Belarus there have soon been protests lasting for a year that began after the rigged presidential election. The winner of the election was declared to have ruled the country exclusively since 1994 Alexander Lukashenko.
Tsimanouskaja assured the BBC that he is not a “political actor” and wants to focus on his sports career.
“I don’t know anything about politics, I’ve never been involved in it,” Tsimanouskaya said.
The runner added that he would like to return to Belarus, but at the moment it is too dangerous. Tsimanouskaja’s spouse has also fled to Poland and obtained a humanitarian visa.
Instead, other relatives are still in Belarus. The runner’s parents are well, according to his information, but are nervous about the situation and have avoided watching TV news about their daughter.
“They know me, they know the truth and what has happened,” Tsimanouskaya added.
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