Belarusian sprinter who criticised coaches refuses to be sent home

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IOC says Krystsina Tsimanouskaya now with a Tokyo 2020 staff member at airport and ‘feels safe’

The Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to intercede after claiming her criticisms of the national team’s coaches have led to her being dropped from the team and taken, against her wishes, to Tokyo airport.

Tsimanouskaya, who was due to compete in the women’s 200m on Monday, told Reuters she did not plan to return to her country, adding that she had sought the protection of Japanese police at Haneda airport on Sunday so that she would not have to board the flight.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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