Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya will depart from Tokyo to Poland that issued her a humanitarian visa on Wednesday, August 4 as Reuters reported citing Chairman of the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation Alexander Opeikin.
"She will fly from Tokyo, a direct flight to Warsaw on August 4, in two days' time. She has accepted the offer issued by the Polish Foreign Ministry to request international help, she has done that and she has received a Polish visa today. We, at the Foundation, helped her to get the ticket to Warsaw," Opeykin told.
It is known that Tsimanouskaya stays at the Embassy of Poland in Tokyo, where she was sheltered after the refusal to return home from the Olympic Games on the demand of the country’s leadership.
The source at the Foundation that supports the athletes who were imprisoned or deprived of freedom for their political vies stated that Tsimanouskaya planned to seek asylum in Germany or Austria on Monday.
As we reported, the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation reported on August 1 that Krystsina Tsimanouskaya there were attempts to transfer Krystsina Tsimanouskaya forcibly from Tokyo. The athlete urgently got tickets and she was taken to the airport.
Earlier, the athlete criticized her country's Olympic officials over a lack of doping tests and a decision to move her into a relay race. She had to replace one of the athletes who left the competition.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya stated she is afraid to return to Minsk as she can face jail.