Belarusian sprinter case “deplorable,” IOC president says as officials expelled from Olympics

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach called Belarus sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya’s case “deplorable” on Friday and said the disciplinary commission would continue.

Two Belarus officials including Tsimanouskaya’s coach who cut short her Tokyo Games have had their accreditation revoked and were removed from the athletes village, the IOC said on Friday.

Athletics head coach Yuri Moisevich and team official Artur Shumak were asked to leave the Olympic Village, the IOC said, days after they ordered Tsimanouskaya to pack her bags and go to the airport.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters in Warsaw on Thursday, Tsimanouskaya said the two officials had told her the order to send her home came from “high up” in Belarus.

In a saga reminiscent of Cold War sporting defections, Tsimanouskaya caused a furore on Sunday when she refused to board a flight home and sought protection from Japanese police before seeking asylum in Poland, where she was reunited with her husband on Thursday.

The 24-year-old athlete’s case threatens to further isolate Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is under Western sanctions after a crackdown on opponents since last year and whose son heads the National Olympic Committee.

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