Belarus Tries to Send Olympic Sprinter Home After Criticism

TOKYO—A Belarusian sprinter who experienced publicly criticized the country’s national coaches at the Tokyo Olympics was taken to an airport in a bid to get her house against her will, she stated Sunday, but she did not board a flight.

“I am asking the Intercontinental Olympic Committee for assist,” Krystsina Tsimanouskaya mentioned in a video clip posted on many Belarusian opposition web-sites. “They put tension on me and they try out to consider me out of the region devoid of my consent. For that reason, I ask the IOC to intervene in this condition.”

Ms. Tsimanouskaya reported afterwards Sunday that she was safe and sound at a Tokyo law enforcement station, in accordance to the Belarusian Activity Solidarity Basis, an corporation that supports opposition athletes. She didn’t board the flight, according to the firm.

Last week, Ms. Tsimanouskaya complained on social media she was put on the roster for the 4×400 meter relay, scheduled for Thursday. She said in an Instagram publish that she experienced by no means run that race and the crew coaches extra her to the relay without the need of her being aware of.

“They made a decision to do all the things behind my back again, even with the actuality that I tried to discover out this information, but received only an ignore,” she wrote. “Believe me, even however I have never ever operate 400 meters, I would be ready to help the crew and the ladies and go on the same keep track of with them, BUT, I believe that that increased individuals ought to have respect for us as athletes and occasionally inquire for our belief!”