Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya speaks with police at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on August 1, 2021.
The athlete said she was forcibly taken to the airport after being removed from Belarus' Olympic team.
Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya said Sunday she was "safe" and under police protection in Japan after claiming her country had forced her to leave the Tokyo Olympics.
"It turns out our great bosses as always decided everything for us," she had said on her Instagram stories that are no longer available.
When asked if she was afraid to fly to #Belarus, Tsimanouskaya answered "yes". pic.twitter.com/LgqLjLrmU1 — Hanna Liubakova (@HannaLiubakova) August 1, 2021.
The Belarusian Olympic Committee had claimed that Timanovskaya left the Tokyo Games on medical advice because of her "emotional and psychological state".
She is with the authorities at Haneda airport and is currently accompanied by a staff member of Tokyo 2020. »