Who is Krystsina Tsimanouskaya?
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is a Belarus Olympian who is expected to be sent to jail in her homeland for criticizing her coaches. She was forcibly taken to Tokyo airport and ordered to take a flight to Belarus.
Tsimanouskaya’s supporters described the whole situation as a “kidnapping” by the members of her country’s Olympic committee, but airport police stepped in on time and shifted her to a “safe location”.
Exclusive: Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she was taken to the airport against her wishes to board a flight back home after she publicly complained about national coaches at the Tokyo #Olympics. @gabrielletf reports https://t.co/jICTnn3L4p pic.twitter.com/656Yc9nS93
— Reuters (@Reuters) August 1, 2021
How old is Krystsina Tsimanouskaya?
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is 24 years old as of the year 2021.
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The athlete alleged that she was given minutes to do the packing by the officials, who also informed her that she was expelled from the Games and must return home. Lukashenko is infamous for hijacking a Ryanair flight and rerouting it to Belarus so that he could take a political opponent onboard into his custody.
The whole fiasco began after Tsimanouskaya took to Instagram to criticize her coaches who tried to force her to join the 4x400m relay team despite having no experience in that distance.
She actually came to Tokyo to compete in the Olympic 200m heats.
Speaking about her fear and the standoff that started on Sunday, August 1, Tsimanouskaya told Tribuna.com:
“I am afraid that in Belarus they might put me in jail. I am not afraid that I will be fired or kicked out of the national (team). I am worried about my safety. And I think that at the moment it is not safe for me in Belarus.”
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She recalled the moment on Saturday, July 31, when she was threatened by Yuri Moisevich, the head coach of the Belarusian national team, who asked her to either drop out of the 200m or she will be “removed from the national team, deprived of work and, perhaps, there will be some other consequences”.
Eventually, the two agreed that she would run, but the next day she was asked to pack her bags.
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It has been said that Tsimanouskaya is now planning to seek asylum in another country.
Reuters footage shows Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya walking into Poland’s embassy in Tokyo a day after refusing to get on a flight home.
🇵🇱 Foreign Ministry said Tsimanouskaya has been “offered a humanitarian visa.”
— Alexandra von Nahmen (@AlexandravonNah) August 2, 2021
“We will act step by step. I plan to leave Tokyo, but not on the flight they wanted me to be on. Now I am under the protection of the police,” she stated. A BSSF insider claimed that Tsimanouskaya had thought of urging Germany or Austria to provide her asylum. While the foundation’s head, former Olympic swimmer Aliaksandra Herasim, said she might get asylum in Poland too. Herasim added: “We appealed to a number of countries for help.
“But the first that reacted was the Polish consulate.
“We are ready to accept their help.”