The IOC appealed to Belarus for clarification on the situation with Timanovskaya
IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland
KIEV. August 2. UNN. The International Olympic Committee has appealed to the National Olympic Committee of Belarus with a demand to give an exhaustive explanation about the current situation with the Belarusian track and field athlete Kristina Timanovskaya, who said that she was trying to forcibly take her out of Japan to Belarus. This was reported in the International Olympic Committee, reportsUNN with reference to DW.
The International Olympic Committee has appealed to the National Olympic Committee of Belarus with a demand to give an exhaustive explanation of the current situation with the Belarusian track and field athlete Kristina Timanovskaya, who said that she was trying to forcibly take her out of Japan to Belarus.
In particular, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees joined the case with Timanovskaya together with the Japanese police.
The Belarusian athlete is now safe and protected by the Japanese authorities.
The scandal around the Belarusian athlete
Timanovska said earlier that she is afraid for her safety in Belarus and she may be put in prison. The athlete said that she was bought a plane ticket and taken to the airport, from where she was supposed to fly to Belarus, despite the fact that she was declared to compete in running at the Olympics in Tokyo at a distance of 200 m.
The National Olympic Committee of Belarus said that the decision to send the athlete to Belarus is due to her “emotional and psychological state”. The athlete called it a lie.
Timanovskaya asked for protection from the Japanese police at the Tokyo airport so that she would not have to board a plane. A source at the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund, which supports athletes imprisoned or imprisoned for their political views, told Reuters that Timanovskaya planned to apply for asylum in Germany or Austria on Monday.
Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulganek said that the country is ready to grant a visa to Timanovskaya, who fears for her fate in her homeland.
Earlier, the athlete criticized the Olympic Committee of Belarus. She said that she was forced to participate in competitions for which she was not declared.