On August 1, Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya revealed she was asked to leave Tokyo by her own coaches due to one of her recent Instagram posts.
Over the years, Krystsina has taken part in several international competitions. However, her experience in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics did not go as planned. She was asked to go home and the sprinter explained why on Instagram.
Everything we know about Krystsina Tsimanouskaya
Krystsina is a Belarusian sprinter who has been taking part in various competitions since 2015. Over the years, she has shown a great deal of improvement, and this has garnered her a lot of fame.
The Olympic athlete got her big break when she won a silver medal in a 100 metres race at the 2017 European U23 Championship. Following this, in 2019, Krystsina won another silver medal – this time, in a team event at the 2019 European Games.
Seeing Krystsina’s progress, she was chosen to represent her country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While the sprinter was looking forward to potentially getting her hands on another medal, things did not pan out the way she had hoped.
Belarusian sprinter’s Instagram post explored
On July 30, Krystsina ran 100 metres heats. Following this event, she was expected to take part in 200 metres heats and the 4×400 metres relay. However, Krystsina alleged she was removed from the other two events due to one of her Instagram posts.
As per Reuters, Krystsina spoke about her coaches’ “negligence” in the post. She claimed that she was asked to take part in the relay after some girls were declared ineligible to compete in the Olympics.
She said: “Some of our girls did not fly here to compete in the 4x400m relay because they didn’t have enough doping tests. And the coach added me to the relay without my knowledge. I spoke about this publicly. The head coach came over to me and said there had been an order from above to remove me.”
What happened to the Olympic athlete?
On Sunday, August 1, Krystsina sought protection from the Japanese police at Haneda airport after she was forced to leave the country.
Following this, on Monday, August 2, The International Olympic Committee revealed that Krystsina was accompanied by a Tokyo 2020 staff and taken to the airport.
IOC said in their statement: “She has told us she feels safe.” At the same time, authorities promised to stay in touch with Krystsina “to determine the next steps in the upcoming days”.
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