AA / Tokyo
Poland announced that it had granted a humanitarian visa to Belarusian athlete Kristina Tsimanouskaya, threatened with being forcibly repatriated to her country, after having criticized sports bodies at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“Poland will do whatever is necessary to help him pursue his sporting career. Poland is always synonymous with Solidarity,” Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz explained on Twitter.
Japanese agency NHK reported that 24-year-old Tsimanouskaya arrived at the Warsaw Embassy in Tokyo and began to carry out the necessary procedures to travel to Poland.
Note that activists on social networks relayed a video showing Tsimanouskaya criticizing his coaches and sports authorities in his country at the Tokyo Olympics.
In the video, the Belarusian athlete says she was forced to participate in the Olympics and subsequently repatriated to her country.
Tsimanouskaya also refused to board the plane that would bring her home and requested the protection of the Japanese authorities.
In a related context, the Tokyo International Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games has requested clarification from the Belarusian Olympic Committee on the incident.
It should be remembered that the Belarusian Olympic Committee is headed by Victor, son of the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko.
* Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi
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