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Kristina Timanovskaya: Two Belarus coaches stripped of accreditation by IOC and removed from Olympic Village

Belarus head coach Yuri Moisevich and group official Artur Shumak had been removed from the Olympic Village in Tokyo and their Games accreditation canceled, the IOC mentioned in a tweet Friday.

The Olympic physique mentioned it determined to take away the 2 coaches to safeguard “the wellbeing of the athletes of the NOC of Belarus who’re nonetheless in Tokyo and as a provisional measure.”

On Sunday, Timanovskaya, 24, said Belarus team officials threatened her, removed her from the Olympic group and compelled her to the airport in Tokyo, the place she would board a flight again to Belarus after she criticized sporting authorities.
Fearing she can be arrested in Belarus, Timanovskaya refused to get on the flight and on Wednesday fled to Warsaw, Poland, the place she has been granted a visa on humanitarian grounds.

The athlete was set to compete within the girls’s 200 meters on Monday however was pulled from the occasion after talking out social media criticizing a call by group officers to enter her within the 4×400 meter relay — an occasion she had not competed in earlier than.

Kristina Timanovskaya during a press conference in Warsaw, Poland on August 5.
Timanovskaya’s drama-filled plight has dominated world headlines across the Games and whereas her feedback weren’t overtly political, her case has heightened fears of the safety of those who speak out towards Belarusian officers.

Following the incident, the IOC launched a proper investigation and arrange a disciplinary fee to make clear the position the 2 Belarusian coaches allegedly performed.

“The two coaches had been requested to depart the Olympic Village instantly and have carried out so. They will probably be provided a possibility to be heard,” the IOC mentioned.

CNN has reached out to the Belarusian nationwide group for remark.

The Belarus National Olympic Committee mentioned Timanovskaya was withdrawn from the Games resulting from her “emotional and psychological state,” a declare the athlete refutes.

In a press convention from Warsaw on Thursday, Timanovskaya mentioned she was “very saddened by the truth that I used to be disadvantaged of my probability to take part in Olympic Games.”

The ugly reality behind Belarusian Olympian Kristina Timanovskaya's defection

“We tried to overrule this choice in order that I might nonetheless take part,” she mentioned. “Those had been 5 lengthy years of preparation. I needed to undergo lots — traumas, Covid … however nonetheless I hope that these weren’t my final Olympic Games, I hope for a minimum of two extra.”

The athlete previously told CNN that her grandmother mentioned it was not secure for her to return to Belarus as a result of state tv was broadcasting that she “had psychological issues.”

“She mentioned possibly I’d find yourself in hospital or jail,” if she had been to fly again, Timanovskaya mentioned.

Fearing she can be at risk if she returned, Timanovskaya flagged down a policeman on the airport and mentioned she wanted assist. After two days looking for refuge within the Polish Embassy in Tokyo, Timanovskaya flew to Warsaw through Vienna, the place she met her husband.

Now she is looking for asylum for herself and her husband in Poland, the place she awaits a listening to from the IOC on her case.

Regarding the listening to, Belarusian opposition politician Pavel Latushkosaid mentioned on the press convention in Warsaw, the sprinter’s pursuits are being represented by a lawyer from Japan and the Belarusian sport solidarity basis.

“We have no idea if the nationwide Belarus Olympics Committee has introduced the mandatory materials, which additionally complicates the consideration of this problem,” Latushko mentioned. “We anticipate that the choice will probably be made in favor of Kristina in relation to the illegitimacy of the choice made by the Belarus delegation.”

The sprinter obtained gives of asylum from a number of European nations however selected Poland as a result of it was shut sufficient for her mother and father to go to, and as a result of she needs to stay in sport and proceed her profession there, she mentioned.

CNN’s Hannah Ritchie, Jaide Garcia, Katya Krebs, Taylor Barnes and Sara Turnbull contributed reporting.

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