Tsimanouskaya Arrives at Tokyo Airport to Fly to Poland

Belarusian Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya arrives at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport Wednesday (4/8), before her flight to Warsaw after Poland granted her a humanitarian visa.

Tsimanouskaya, who clashed with officials from her team at the Tokyo Olympics, said Tuesday they “made clear” she would face punishment if she returned to Belarus, to an autocratic government that has relentlessly silenced critics.

The Belarusian sprinter said Tuesday that he was focused on his safety and seeking refuge in Europe after facing threats from officials at home. He added that he would face punishment if he returned to Belarus, to an autocratic government that has relentlessly silenced critics.

“They explained that on my return to Belarus I would definitely face some form of punishment,” he told the news agency Associated Press in an interview videocall.

The Polish government granted Tsimanouskaya a humanitarian visa on Monday (2/8). while he sought political asylum after he accused his team officials of trying to force him to fly back to Belarus against his will. [lt/ps]

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