Belarus is participating in the on-going Olympics in Tokyo. One of its sprinters Krystsina Tsimanouskaya. She recently was involved in a public feud with her team officials. She has expressed fears that if she returns home to undemocratic and increasingly totalitarian Belarus, she will face punishment as a result of the squabble with the team officials. Daniel Kozin and Daria Litvinova had this information in Associated Press. Here is an excerpt:
A Belarusian Olympic sprinter who had a public feud with officials from her team at the Tokyo Games said Tuesday that they “made it clear” she would face punishment if she returned home to an autocratic government that has relentlessly stifled any criticism.
Waiting to leave Japan to seek refuge in Europe, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she hopes she can continue her career, but for now her safety is the priority. After she criticized the management of her team on social media, she accused officials of hustling her to the airport and trying to put her on a plane back to Belarus.
In the dramatic standoff, several countries offered help, and Poland granted her a humanitarian visa Monday. On Wednesday morning at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, she boarded a plane that left the gate for Vienna, though it was not immediately clear if that would be her final destination.
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