Kristina Timanovskaya: Belarusian sprinter says she is being forcibly removed from the Olympics and sent home
Professional athlete Kristina Timanovskaya stated in the brief video launched on social networks: “I was put under pressure and they are trying to forcibly take me out of the country without my consent. I ask the IOC to intervene.”
It appeared online after Timanovskaya was informed she will no longer have the ability to complete for Belarus which she should go back to its capital Minsk right away, according to Anatol Kotau, of the Belarus Sports Uniformity Structure. The group represents Belarusian professional athletes quelched by Belarusian authorities.
Kotau, who remains in direct contact with Timanovskaya, stated that at around 3:00 p.m. regional time (2:00 a.m. ET) on Sunday, agents of the Belarus nationwide group concerned the Olympic town and asked her to “pack her belongings as a decision had been made for her to return to Minsk.”
Timanovskaya is presently at Haneda International Airport police headquarters, Kotau informed CNN by phone. Kotau included that the professional athlete was arranged to be on flight TK0199 to Istanbul, leaving at 10:50 p.m. Tokyo time.
Kotau stated that as quickly as Timanovskaya got to the airport, she approached a Japanese law enforcement officer and stated she wants to make an application for political asylum.
The Belarusian National Olympic Committee stated Sunday that Timanovskaya was withdrawn from the Games due to her “emotional and psychological state.”
“According to the doctors’ conclusion, due to the emotional and psychological state of the Belarusian track and field athlete Kristina Timanovskaya, the coaching staff of the national track and field team decided to stop the athlete’s performance at the Games of the XXXII Olympics,” the committee stated in a declaration on their Facebook page.
“Therefore, the athlete’s application for participation in the qualifying races for the 200 meter and in the 4×400 meter relay has been withdrawn,” it included.
In an Instagram post on Friday July 30, Timanovskaya stated that she had actually been consisted of on a list to complete in the 4x400m relay without her approval.
“I would never in my life begin to react so harshly if they would come up to me in advance, explain the situation and find out if I can run 400m and I am ready? But they decided to do everything behind my back despite the fact that I tried to find out this information but was only ignored,” she composed.
The IOC stated in a declaration to CNN: “The IOC has seen the reports in the media, is looking into the situation and has asked the NOC (National Olympic Committee of Belarus) for clarification.”
CNN has actually connected to Timanovksaya herself, the Belarusian National Olympic Group and the Belarusian Embassy in Tokyo to find out more, however has actually not gotten a reaction.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.