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According to Reuters News, Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was taken to Haneda airport in Tokyo by police and forced to fly home, even though she complained about her coaches and did not want to return.
The Belarus Olympic Committee is apparently concerned about her emotional and psychological well-being.
A statement from the Belarusian Olympic Committee read, “According to doctors, due to the emotional and psychological state of the Belarusian athlete Christina Timanovskaya, the coaching staff of the national athletics team decided to stop the performance of the athlete at the XXXII Olympics.
“I will not return to Belarus,” she told Reuters in a message over Telegram.
Tsimanouskaya, 24, said coaching staff had come to her room on Sunday and told her to pack. She said she was taken to the airport by representatives of the Belarusian Olympic team.
❗️Kristina Timanovskaya asks the International Olympic Committee for help— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) August 1, 2021
«I am asking the International Olympic Committee for help,pressure has been put on me and they are trying to take me out of the country without my consent,so I am asking the @iocmedia to intervene in this» pic.twitter.com/W0TlSzI0Bh
“The IOC has seen the reports in the media, is looking into the situation, and has asked the NOC for clarification,” it said in a statement.
“I am asking the International Olympic Committee for help,” Tsimanouskaya said in the video, posted on the Telegram channel of the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, a group that supports athletes jailed or sidelined for their political views.
“There is pressure against me. They are trying to get me out of the country without my permission. I am asking the IOC to get involved.”
The sprinter owns bests of 11.07 for the 100m and 22.78 for the 200m. She is a 12-time national champion.