An Olympic athlete from Belarus has been taken to Tokyo airport to return home after publicly complaining about her national team.
Kristina Simonskaya was scheduled to compete in the women’s 200m event on Monday.
But after publicly complaining about being included in the second race on short notice, she says she was asked to pack her luggage and taken to the airport.
He has now appealed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to intervene.
In a video posted on the messaging app Telegram, he said, “They are trying to kick me out without my permission.”
“I urge the IOC to intervene in this.”
In a brief statement, the IOC said it had seen media reports about the sprinter and sought clarification from the National Olympic Committee of Belarus.
Earlier, Christina told European radio station for Belarus (ERB) that she was afraid to return to her country.
In fact, he alleged in an Instagram video that Belarus officials included him in this Thursday’s 400m relay event on short notice after some teammates were found ineligible to compete.
He was criticized by the state media after posting the video. The ONT television channel said they lacked “team spirit”.
On Sunday, he said that his coach came to his room and asked him to pack his belongings and go home. His ticket was reportedly booked on Turkish Airlines Flight 199 from Tokyo to Istanbul.
The sprinter told Reuters he was dropped from the team because he “talked about his coach’s negligence on Instagram.”
However, the Belarus Olympic team later announced that she had been dropped from the team due to her “emotional and psychological state”, and would not compete in both the 200 m and 400 m relay events.
She is now at Tokyo’s Haneda airport with Japanese police and wants to apply for asylum in Austria, according to Belarusian journalist Tadeusz Gizan.
Don’t want to return to your country?
Kristina Simonskaya told Reuters that she does not want to return to her country.
He said he had sought protection from the Japanese police at Tokyo’s Haneda airport so that he would not have to board the flight.
“I will not go back to Belarus,” she told Reuters in a telegram message.
The Belarus Olympic Committee said in a statement that the coaches decided to withdraw Christina from the Games on the advice of doctors.
A Reuters photographer saw the athlete standing near Japanese police.
He said, “I think I am safe. I am with the police.”
A police officer at Haneda Airport said he was with a female athlete at Terminal 3.
What does Simonovskaya have to say?
A source from the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, which supports athletes who have been imprisoned or sidelined for their political views, is quoted by Reuters as saying that Kristina Simanovskaya on Monday thought of appealing for asylum in Germany or Austria. Is.
“Some of our girls didn’t come here to compete in the 4x400m relay because they didn’t have enough doping tests,” Christina told Reuters from the airport.
“And the coach included me in the relay without my knowledge. I spoke about it publicly. The head coach came to me and said that orders have been given to remove me from above.”
Christina said that she has contacted Belarusians living in Japan, so that they can take them back from the airport.
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