Krystina Tsimanouskaya says, in an interview with the Associated Press (AP), that she received a “clear message that I would suffer some form of punishment when I got home” to Belarus.
“I also had indications of what else would await me,” adds the 24-year-old athlete, who did not travel from Tokyo to Minsk after being taken to the airport by officials in her country’s delegation. Tsimanouskaya managed to approach Japanese police, ask for help and stay in Tokyo.
Her “forced” return was justified by the criticism she launched against her coaches, for having entered her in the 400×400 meter mixed relay, without consulting her, and after other athletes had been considered ineligible.
Tsimanouskaya was registered for the 200-meter race, but after his comments he was ordered to return to Belarus. The athlete is expected this Wednesday in Poland, the country that issued her a humanitarian visa.
“We will provide all the necessary support in Poland if it wants to use it,” said Polish Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski.
The sprinter has the desire to continue competing and “had plans for two more Olympic Games”. Now, however, his only concern is his safety, he declared in the AP interview.
The European Union, through the spokesperson Nabila Massrali, expressed “solidarity” with the athlete and satisfaction with the support provided by Poland, which will also welcome Tsimanouskaya’s husband, Arseni Zhdanevich.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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