2021-08-01
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya.

The sports scandal with the Belarusian female runners at the Olympics has received a great resonance.

It began when three Belarusian athletes were not allowed to compete at the Olympics due to lack of the required number of doping tests. Among them were two female sprinters who were preparing for the relay race. Belarusian sports officials decided to enter sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya in 4 x 400 meters relay race without confirming it with her (she does not have experience at such events).

A day before, Tsimanouskaya posted a video with complains that she was expected to compete only in the women’s 100 and 200-meter races at the Olympics, but now she also have to participate in the third discipline – 4 x 400 meters relay race: “It turns out that our management decided everything for us. But why should we be responsible for those mistakes? Why should I solve those problems?”

On 2 August, Tsimanouskaya was scheduled to compete in 200-meter race, but the Belarusian authorities decided to forcefully send Tsimanouskaya from Tokyo to Minsk right after her public speech. The NOC of Belarus said that Tsimanouskaya was withdrawn from the Olympics “on doctors’ advice, due to the emotional and psychological state” of the athlete. According to the athlete, she was not examined by a doctor. The sprinter told reporters, “I was just told to pack and fly home.”

Local police and journalists arrived at Tokyo airport to protect the athlete. There she was able to talk to the representatives of the IOC and the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics.

Later Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was transported from the airport to a safe place. She is going to apply for political asylum in Europe, and several countries (in particular, Poland and the Czech Republic) have expressed their intention to help her.