Anonymous Telegram-channel Nik i Maik (Nick and Mike) has released an audio tape featuring a Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaja trying to talk around flying prematurely home from the Tokyo Olympics.
Athlete of the Belarusian Olympic team will speak with Tsimanouskaya on tape Yuri Moisevich and Deputy Director of the Olympic Training Center for Athletics in Belarus Artur Šumak.
It is not known who recorded the tape and how it ended up in the public domain, but at least so far no one has tried to dispute its authenticity. The band has the most voices of men who call Tsimanouskaya “Russian” sometimes in Russian and sometimes a “stupid girl” and sometimes a “wise girl”.
(Below is an audio tape of the conversation in Russian.)
Gentlemen say they have received a “top-down” order that Tsimanouskaya must return to Belarus after he had gone to publicly criticize the leadership of his country’s Olympic team.
What a silly girl, could have lived. To whom did you witness something?
The controversy began when Tsimanouskaja had learned that the coaching staff had informed him in a 400-meter relay to patch up other athletes, even though he had never run a distance in competitions. The need for patrons arose when the Belarussian sports management had not ensured in advance that all message runners had the required number of doping tests behind them.
Tsimanouskaja is largely silent during the conversation, but from time to time he responds to the men calmly and decisively.
The further the conversation progresses, the more Tsimanouskaya’s sobbing and crying noises begin to sound from the tape, but still he refuses to promise his persuaders that he will return to Belarus and remain silent about anything that has happened “in the interest of the team,” as the athletics bosses demand.
There came such a command: you are flying home today. You go home, you don’t write anything anywhere, you don’t comment. If you want to play sports in the future on the Belarusian team, listen to what is recommended for you: go home, go to your parents, anywhere. Otherwise you will have to rumble more. You know, just like a mosquito gets caught in a spider’s web, the more it spins, the more it gets tangled.
On the tape, Moisevich and Shumak repeat several times how Tsimanouskaya has done “nonsense” and how he must now return to his homeland in complete silence.
The men say they just want to help Tsimanouskaya and assure him that nothing bad will happen to him if he just agrees to obey humbly.
“There was an order like this: you fly home today. You go home, you don’t write anything anywhere, you don’t comment. If you want to play sports in the Belarusian team in the future, listen to what is recommended to you: go home, go to your parents, anywhere. Otherwise you have to scramble more. You know, just like a mosquito gets caught in a spider’s web, the more it spins, the more it gets tangled. ”
“Life is built that way, we do nonsense and you have done nonsense. I hope you understand this,” Shumak begins the persuasion of Tsimanouskaya.
Tsimanouskaja in the meantime, asks if the coaching management sees himself as doing nothing wrong.
Šumak replies that Tsimanouskaja is not, of course, to blame for the fact that the original participants in the running were put aside, but instead Tsimanouskaja is to blame for going to criticize the team management for publicizing the running athletes ’selections.
“You are guilty of the accusations and comments you have made. Do you understand that you have accused people all over the country before you found out. Do you know where your stupidity could have led? People would have lost their jobs. People have families, you could to destroy their lives.But you are forgiven, we want to help you, ”Šumak continues his persuasion.
Do you know where your stupidity could have led? People would have lost their jobs. People have families, you could have ruined their lives. But you will be forgiven, we want to help you.
Shumak and at some point in the conversation, Moisevich will begin to demand back from Tsimanouskaya the daily allowances of him which had been paid to him in advance and which he would therefore no longer have earned. The men first calculate that the runner should return $ 350, but then end up with $ 150. Tsimanouskaya replies in the meantime that the sum is quite indifferent to him.
Men do not say who is the highest body to which they refer. They thank Tsimanouskaya for understanding that he apologizes to the Minister of Sports.
Moisevich will next paint Tsimanouskaya on how clean-ups can take place in the sports leadership of Belarus as a result of his speeches.
“The national team is cleaned so that the feathers fly. And you then go down in history so that this all started with Tsimanouskaya, he cooked the whole soup, there will be a change of leadership, restoration of order. Do you understand? asks.
The national team is cleaned so that the feathers fly. And you will then go down in history so that this all started with Tsimanouskaya, he cooked the whole soup, there will be a change of leadership, a restoration of order. Do you understand? Are you listening to me, one last time? Do you do as I ask?
According to Moisevich and Shumak, the leadership of the Belarusian Olympic team already has a plan in place to report Tsimanouskaya as injured, under which his departure could be explained in complete silence.
“Everything calms down. The top management calms down. Things go ahead and if God wills, there will be medals and all this will be forgotten. But if you stay here [johdon] against the will, nothing good follows. For now, this is considered a precedent that will interfere with the future performance of the entire team, ”Moisevich continues his explanation.
“So can you do in front of this team, in front of all of us? A two hundred meter run would give you nothing, nothing. Now all we can do is go the way we have been shown. We have to submit to how things should go.” , the coach spins.
Not once during the debate, no mention is made of the dictator of Belarus, the president Alexander Lukashenko name, although obviously many of the circular expressions referring to senior management refer specifically to him.
In addition, Lukashenko’s son will chair the Olympic Committee in Belarus Viktor Lukashenko, so the references are more broadly related to the entire Lukashenko dynasty.
During the discussion, Tsimanouskaja repeatedly reveals that she does not believe the men’s assurances and is not sure if she could continue playing sports after returning home.
“I know you think someone wants evil or revenge on you, or that there are some political points. But it’s nonsense,” Šumak says at one point.
“No one is going to condemn or execute you. We want to help you,” Šumak assures.
Moisevich also assures that everything is going well.
“I’m going to come to an agreement now. We’re retreating in style on the basis of injury, and you’re traveling home in peace. I’ll pledge my head, Kristina, that you’ll be fine, you hear? We’ll wipe out this incident. That’s the will now, you see. In order to be saved, you have to humble yourself.
But if you stay here against the will of (management), nothing good will follow. For now, this is seen as a precedent that will disrupt the entire team’s performance in the future.
In this context, the coldest point of the whole debate comes from the tape when Moisevich begins to talk about the Orthodox religion and the humility it requires. Behind the metaphorical speeches is a direct hint that Tsimanouskaya could end his day by jumping from the balcony.
“Humility increases a person. Be humble. Don’t show your pride. Your pride tells you,” I don’t agree, don’t try. ” And it starts to take you on the occasion of the devil. . ‘ But do you know what’s the most interesting thing?
From here the coach smoothly goes to lecture Tsimanouskaja on the victories of Russian military history always Napoleon from time immemorial, because even then the profits have come thanks to wise leaders.
It is followed by praise for how Tsimanouskaya is a “wise girl” and how her situation is pathetic, but nothing helps, for she now only has to obey. Moisevich also denies that he fears for his own future, but he claims to think for the best of everyone.
“I’m not shaking because of my own ass, but because of the whole team and the whole situation. You can’t even comprehend, because I haven’t even told you everything yet,” Moisevich says.
On the Internet the ended ribbon ends when the men assume they have turned Tsimanouskaya’s head and everything is clear that this is flying home.
“I haven’t said I agree. If I did that now and returned home, do you think I’d even want to continue playing sports anymore. I don’t want to prove anything to anyone, I just want to keep running,” Tsimanouskaya says.