Belarus Olympic athlete ‘safe’ after saying she was almost forced on a plane home

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A Belarusian sprinter refused to board a flight after she said she was taken to the airport by her team against her wishes.

The International Olympic Committee said that Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, 24, was “safe and secure” in Tokyo.

She is now applying for political asylum in Poland

The track sprinter spent the night in an airport hotel after she went to Japanese police at Haneda airport seeking protection.

The Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund, a group of opposition-supporting athletes, told the Telegraph on Monday that Ms Tsimanouskaya is planning to apply for political asylum in Poland and will be on her way later this week.

“The Polish embassy is working on offering her political asylum,” Vadim Krivosheyev of the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund said.

“She has been through a lot of stress but she’s hanging in.”

Ms Tsimanouskaya has got a ticket for Poland on Wednesday, Mr Krivosheyev said.

The husband of the 24-year-old athlete has already left Belarus for Ukraine.

Read the full story here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/08/02/belarus-sprinter-safe-tokyo-hotel-european-countries-offer-asylum/

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