The IOC has launched a formal investigation into the case of Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya.


The 24-year-old athlete denounced that the authorities of her country wanted to remove her from Japan without her consent.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) took note of Krystsina Tsimanouskaya's statements and announced that it had launched a formal investigation on Tuesday. On Sunday, the athlete denounced that her country's authorities tried to force her to leave Japan against her will.

"In the first place, our responsibility is the athlete's safety," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said at a press conference, in statements collected by the Japanese agency Kiodo, who has stressed that he must listen to the parties involved before taking other steps. They also contacted the Polish Olympic Committee, as their embassy in Tokyo offered the young athlete a humanitarian visa.

The IOC spokesperson stressed that the safety of the athletes is the body's "highest" priority and has conveyed that the approach taken by the committee, in this case, should be a message to all athletes that the governing body hears their concerns. Of the Olympic Games.

Poland granted him a humanitarian visa. Tsimanouskaya is already in direct contact with Polish diplomats in Tokyo.

Poland will do whatever it takes to help her continue her sports career," Marcin Przydacz wrote on Twitter. "At the moment the plan is that she will probably go to Poland," her husband, Arseny Zdanevich, told AFP from Kyiv, where he arrived because of the conflict between his wife and the Belarusian authorities: "I think (in Belarus) we would not be sure."

It is worth remembering that Tsimanouskaya, through a video recorded on Telegram, expressed: "I ask the International Olympic Committee for help. They are trying to get me out of the country without my permission, and I ask the IOC to join. In a previous interview with the Belarusian radio station ERB, the athlete confirmed with a resounding "yes" that she was afraid to return to Belarus. She denounced that She was subjected to numerous threats after criticizing the National Olympic Committee.

The 200-meter runner had previously voiced her criticism of the Belarusian Committee for forcing her to run in a relay event on short notice. However, the Belarusian Olympic team later announced that it had withdrawn from the competition due to its emotional and psychological condition.

The chairman of the Belarusian committee is Viktor Lukashenko, the son of President Alexander Lukashenko, both of whom were approved by the IOC in December and barred from attending Tokyo 2020 while investigating allegations of political discrimination. Has been done. Against the players

Belarus's president has been accused of manipulating the last presidential election and using dictatorial tactics to silence opponents. In the months leading up to the election, more than 1,500 Belarusian players published an open letter calling for new elections and an immediate end to a police crackdown on the opposition, which has so far opposed Lukashenko's victory. There were protests in the streets. The union has refused to recognize.