The Olympic participant from Belarus was forcibly tried to return to her homeland: she asked for help from other countries
Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya did not fly from Tokyo on a flight to Istanbul, which she was supposed to board. The girl is now under police protection in Tokyo. What happened, said the publication Hromadske.
Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya, who is part of the national team of Belarus at the Olympics in Japan, was forced to ask the International Olympic Committee for help.
Already on August 2, the girl was supposed to take part in the 200-meter race, but the leadership of the national team decided not to allow her to compete. The day before, a conflict occurred between the athlete and the coaching staff of the Belarusian national team.
Initially, it was planned that Timanovskaya should perform at the Olympics at distances of 100 and 200 meters. However, due to the lack of the required number of doping tests, two Belarusian athletes were suspended from participating in the 4x400 m relay. Then the leadership of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Belarus decided to involve Timanovskaya in the relay. The girl criticized this decision on social networks, because participation in this type of competition requires a completely different type of preparation, while she was preparing for 100 and 200 meters.
In response, the NOC of Belarus announced that it was sending the girl home because of her “emotional and psychological state” at the conclusion of the doctors. But the athlete says that this is a lie, and claims: the doctors did not even examine her.
When they tried to forcibly return Timanovskaya to Belarus, she asked for help from the Tokyo police, who arrived at the airport so that she would not be forced to board a plane.
Later, a representative of the Japan Refugee Bar Association arrived at the police station at Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
Kristina Timanovskaya gave an interview to Zerkalo (Tut.by), in which she noted that she was afraid to return to Belarus: “I am not afraid that I will be fired or kicked out of the national command. I am worried about my safety. And I think that it is dangerous for me now in Belarus ”.
As it became known later, Timanovskaya was issued a Polish visa. This was announced by the Belarusian oppositionist Pavel Latushko, who is now in Poland, in his telegram channel. He said that he spoke with the official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland Malgorzata Kazmerska, writes with the BBC.
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Latushko said that, according to his information, Timanovskaya is now in the ambassad of the Polish Embassy in Tokyo under the tutelage of diplomats and under the external protection of the Japanese police. From there she will go to the airport, and the consul of Poland and security will accompany her. There is information that the athlete has applied for asylum in Poland.
In addition, Timanovskaya's husband Arseniy Zdanevich left Belarus in a hurry. Now he is safe in Ukraine.
“I made the decision to leave within half an hour. I didn’t feel that I was being watched, I calmly passed the border. Safe now, ”he said.
Zdanevich noted that they did not participate in the protests in the country and are ready to return to Belarus if they are sure that no criminal cases will be opened against them and they will not be imprisoned.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- The regime of the dictator of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko with a fighter jet on May 23 forced the Ryanair plane to land in Minsk... The KGB officers removed the co-founder of the opposition Telegram channel NEXTA Roman Protasevich from his board. He faces a maximum prison term, although he himself does not rule out execution.
- The Ambassador of Latvia to Belarus was offered leave the country within XNUMX hours.
- Aviation Department published transcript of the negotiations between the Ryanair pilot and the dispatcher of the Minsk airport... Many countries have established an air blockade of Belarus.
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) July 8 finally banned the sale of tickets for air travel between the United States and Belarus.
- Who is Roman Protasevich, for whose arrest Belarus intercepted the plane, read in our material.
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