“After much hesitation and thinking, we made a decision not to return to Belarus. Unfortunately, we are in the place, where you can lose not only freedom but also life…Here we have possibility to breathe freely and to be one of people who fight for freedom of people, friends, relatives and close people,” Maksimava stated.
Meanwhile, the athlete expressed hope that she would have a chance to train and stand for the Olympic team.
According to Maksimava, she and her husband will stay in Germany.
Moreover, Radio Liberty reported that coach of Vityaz handball team Konstantin Yakovlev left Belarus.
It is noted that Yakovlev actively participated in the protests against the authorities of Belarus. In June, he was arrested for 15 days. Yakovlev was detained on June 16, when he was heading from Baranovichi to Minsk with other athletes.
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.