Athlete Kristina Timanovskaya stated within the quick video launched on social media: “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 on-line after Timanovskaya was informed she’s going to now not be capable of compete for Belarus and that she should return to the capital, Minsk, instantly, stated Anatol Kotau, of the Belarus Sports Solidarity Foundation. The group represents Belarusian athletes repressed by Belarusian authorities.
Kotau, who’s in direct contact with Timanovskaya, stated that at round three p.m. (2 a.m. ET) on Sunday, representatives of the Belarus nationwide workforce got here to the Olympic village and requested her to “pack her belongings as a decision had been made for her to return to Minsk.”
“I am afraid that I might be jailed in Belarus,” Timanovskaya stated in an interview with the Belarusian sports activities information website Tribuna on Sunday. “I am not afraid of being fired or kicked out of the national team. I’m concerned about my safety. And I think that at the moment it is not safe for me in Belarus. I didn’t do anything, but they deprived me of the right to participate in the 200 meter race and wanted to send me home.”
She didn’t element precisely what she feared she could be jailed over, however her worry of reprisal comes after she spoke out towards nationwide sporting authorities.
Timanovskaya is at present at Haneda International Airport police station, Kotau informed CNN by telephone. Kotau added that the athlete was scheduled to be on flight TK0199 to Istanbul, departing at 10:50 p.m. Tokyo time.
Kotau stated that as quickly as Timanovskaya arrived on the airport, she approached a Japanese police officer and stated she want to apply for political asylum.
The Belarusian National Olympic Committee stated Sunday that Timanovskaya was withdrawn from the Games as a result of her “emotional and psychological state.”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 press release on their Facebook web 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athlete’s application for participation in the qualifying races for the 200 meter and in the 4×400 meter relay has been withdrawn,” it added.
After an official from her nationwide workforce went to her room and informed her to report back to the airport in a matter of hours, Timanovskaya stated a psychologist got here to talk together with her in a means she described as “nonsense.”
“No doctors came up to me. No one examined me,” she stated in response to the assertion from the Belarusian National Olympic Committee. “I have a good psychological state, even despite the fact that such a situation was going on. I am holding up normally, I have no health problems, no traumas, no mental issues. I was ready to run.”
Timanovskaya stated Yuri Moisevich, the top coach of the nationwide athletics workforce, informed her that “this issue is no longer at the level of the federation (of athletics), neither at the level of the Ministry of Sports, but at a higher level.”
“That I should be eliminated from the Olympics, returned home, because I am in the way of the team performing,” she stated.
She spoke out towards nationwide sporting authorities
In an Instagram publish on Friday, Timanovskaya stated that she had been included on a listing to compete within the 4x400m relay with out her consent.
“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 wrote.
Timanovskaya informed Tribuna that she was “outraged” and that doing so was “a complete disrespect” as a result of it’s a distance she had by no means competed in earlier than.
After recording a video on Instagram venting her frustrations, she stated that “(team officials) started calling me with threats and demanding to delete the video if I want to go ahead in sports. At first, I refused to delete it for a long time, but then I did it, so that they stop calling me.”
The IOC stated in a press release 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 reached out to Timanovksaya herself, the Belarusian National Olympic Team and the Belarusian Embassy in Tokyo for extra data, however has not acquired a response.