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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is demanding that Belarus explain the case of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya.

The IOC has demanded that the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus (NOCRB) submit a full and comprehensive report on the handling of the sprinter immediately.

The IOC had already sanctioned NOCRB once before after former President, Alexander Lukashenko, was found to have discriminated against athletes who protested after his election.

The investigation will focus on the involvement of the NOCRB in Tsimanouskaya being ordered to leave Tokyo and return to Belarus. Apparently, she posted negative comments about her coach on social media.

Tsimanouskaya alleges Belarusian officials had attempted to “forcibly take me out of the country without my consent”.

Tsimanouskaya spent Sunday night at Haneda Airport and was forced to miss her 200m race.

She appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the NOCRB’s decision not to let her compete in the race.

Tsimanouskaya has a best of 11.04 in the 100m and 22.78 in the 200m. She is a 12-time outdoors national champion.

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