Belarusian athlete refuses to return Belarus from Tokyo Olympics, seeks foreign country asylum

Belarusian athlete refuses to return back Belarus from Tokyo Olympics, saying that she would be imprisoned by the Lukashenko government after returning back to Belarus

The Summer Olympics are currently underway in Tokyo, Japan. Players who excel in various sports are also being discussed.

A Belarusian athlete who went to the Olympics is now making headlines in the international media for political reasons, not medals.

Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. Alexander Lukashenko has ruled the country for 27 years in a dictatorial style. Lukashenko’s eldest son, Victor Lukashenko, is the chairman of the Olympic Committee of Belarus.

Christina Timanovskaya went to the Olympics for the first time. Last Friday, she competed in the women’s 100 meters. On Monday, she was scheduled to run 200 meters. Meanwhile, she found out that she was also in the relay race. The Olympic Committee of Belarus said in a statement that some athletes had not been tested for anti-doping. She protested on social media saying that she did not come to play for the relay race. After the protest, her trainer came to her room on Sunday morning and asked her to pack.

According to Reuters, Christina was forcibly taken to Hanida Airport but she refused to board the plane and asked Japanese police for help.

At the Tokyo Olympics, Belarus chief Yuri Moisevich assessed Christina’s physical and mental condition and said she was being sent back. Christina says she is in good health, both physically and mentally.

In a video taken at Hanida Airport, she asked for help from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC said in a statement that its staff had been in contact with Christina and that she was safe.

Cristina sought refuge with a foreign country, saying that she would be imprisoned by the Lukashenko government after returning back to Belarus.

She will seek asylum in Germany or Austria on Monday, according to a Belarusian aid agency. Poland has also said it will grant her asylum.

Some time ago, Belarusian ruler Lukashenko hijacked a ship to capture his critics. What does Belarus do now to Christina, who is questioning Belarusian officials in international competitions? And how does the international community protect her? Has become a matter of interest.

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