The United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken criticized the Belarusian leader considering the situation with the Belarusian athlete Krystsyna Tsimanouskaya, who was excluded from the Olympic team. Blinken wrote about this on his Twitter.
“The Lukashenka regime sought to commit another act of transnational repression: attempting to force Olympian Krystsyna Tsimanouskaya to leave simply for exercising free speech,” he wrote.
Blinken believes that such actions violate the Olympic spirit, are an affront to basic rights, and cannot be tolerated.
As we reported, the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation reported on August 1 that Krystyna Tsimanouskaya was expelled from the Olympics. There were attempts to transfer 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.
Krystina Tsimanouskaya stated she is afraid to return to Minsk as she can face jail.