Sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya (Kristina Timanovskaya), who was expelled from the Tokyo Olympics and was about to be repatriated to Belarus, has finally arrived in Poland. Poland's deputy foreign minister, Marcin Przydacz, said Timanovskaya would be placed in a safe house.
"He needs rest. He is tired, but happy to be in Poland. He will settle in a safe place," Przydacz said, quoted by Reuters news agency, Thursday, August 5, 2021.
It was previously reported that Kristina Timanovskaya was almost forced to be sent home from the Tokyo Olympics for opposing the decision to choose a sport by the Belarus national team. He was enrolled into the 4X400 Meter Relay run without his knowledge. In fact, he has no experience for the sport. What does Timanovskaya know, she is registered for the 200 meter run.
When he learned that he would be sent home for opposing the national team's decision, Timanovskaya fought back. He refused to be sent back to Belarus, fearing that he would be persecuted by the government of President Alexander Lukashenko. In Belarus, Lukashenko is known to have had problems with a number of athletes who opposed his rule.
Timanovskaya fought back by applying for asylum to Poland. His application was accepted and he was flown to Poland on Wednesday. Her husband, who is in Ukraine, will follow. As for his extended family, they still live in Belarus despite being visited by Lukashenko's subordinates to persuade Timanovskaya to return.
Timanovskaya's arrival in Warsaw, Poland, was greeted by fellow Belarusians living there. They carry the symbol of rebellion, the red and white flag.
"We are here to encourage our compatriots, who dare to speak out about what is happening in Belarusian sports," said Eugene Dudkin, 31, a student who fled to Poland after being arrested by Belarusian police for participating in a protest.
Opposition President Alexander Lukashenko in Poland, Pavel Latushko, hopes Timanovskaya can live in peace in her new home. And, he also hopes that the situation in Belarus will change soon so that Timanovskaya can defend her country again without fear of persecution.
Timanovskaya, as per this writing, has not provided further details about her story from the Tokyo Olympics to Poland. When he arrived in Poland, he wore sunglasses with the words "I Run Clean" on the frame.