Belarusian athlete Tsimanouskaya to seek asylum in Poland

A Belarusian Olympic athlete will search asylum in Poland after she refused an order to return home — claiming she wouldn’t be “protected” within the authoritarian nation in mild of her criticism of the federal government on social media. 

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, 24, was noticed arriving on the Polish embassy in Tokyo round 5 p.m. native time on Monday in an unmarked, silver van together with her official workforce baggage in tow. 

She was met on the gates by two ladies carrying a flag that’s thought-about the image of opposition in Belarus and can search asylum in Poland, based on an area member of the neighborhood who’s in contact with the athlete. 

On Sunday, Tsimanouskaya narrowly escaped her minders at a Tokyo airport when she flagged down a police officer and was dropped at a resort and positioned beneath safety. 

Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya criticized the government in Belarus and is seeking asylum in Poland.
Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya criticized the federal government in Belarus and is in search of asylum in Poland.
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The sprinter had blasted her coaches on-line for placing her in a relay race with out consulting her first and, as a substitute of competing on Monday as initially deliberate, she was ordered to board a flight and return dwelling. 

“We’ve obtained an order: you’re to fly dwelling as we speak,” Artur Shumak, a Belarusian sports activities official, allegedly informed the athlete on a leaked cellphone name, according to the Times of London

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“If you wish to proceed competing for the Belarusian Republic, then hearken to what you’re suggested to do: come, go dwelling to your mother and father, or wherever you want. And let this example slide.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, of Belarus, runs in the women's 100-meter run at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
In keeping with a leaked cellphone name, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was ordered to return to Belarus by a Belarusian sports activities official.
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“In any other case the extra you twitch … , when a fly is caught in a spider internet, the extra it writhes, the extra it will get caught. That’s how life is organized … you probably did a silly factor.”

Tsimanouskaya pleaded with the Worldwide Olympic Committee to intervene, claiming she wouldn’t be protected if she returned to Belarus — and Poland, the place many critics of the authoritarian regime stay in exile, rapidly supplied her help. 

“Poland is able to assist Kryscina Tsimanouskaya a Belarusian athlete ordered by the Lukashenka regime to return [from] Olympic Video games to Minsk. She was supplied a humanitarian visa and is free to pursue her sporting profession in Poland if she so chooses,” Marcin Przydacz, a Polish international ministry official, wrote on Twitter. 

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was offered asylum by Poland after fearing for her safety if she returned to Belarus.
Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was supplied asylum by Poland after fearing for her security if she returned to Belarus.
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Belarus, a former Soviet state, has been beneath autocratic rule by President Lukashenko since 1994 and has been embroiled in political turmoil since a disputed election final August led to huge protests that the dictator violently quashed. 

With Put up wires | Belarusian athlete Tsimanouskaya to hunt asylum in Poland

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