Belarus Sprinter Leaves Tokyo, Flies to Austria

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, a Belarusian sprinter, traveled from Tokyo to Vienna on Wednesday under Poland’s diplomatic protection, less than 72 hours after defying her team’s orders to return home.

The 24-year-old came boarded the plane at Narita airport wearing blue trousers, a blue shirt, and sunglasses with the words “I RUN CLEAN” inscribed on them after spending two nights in Poland’s embassy.

According to Poland’s government source, the sprinter was supposed to fly to Warsaw at the time. After news of the plan got public and reporters booked tickets on the trip, she was shifted at the last minute to a route to Vienna due to worries about her privacy and security.

A Polish source said that Ryanair flight was forced to land in Belarus in May, prompting the arrest of a dissident journalist.

On Sunday, the sprinter sparked a diplomatic row when she claimed her coaches had cut her Tokyo Games short, forcing her to pack her belongings at the Olympic village and transporting her to the airport against her will because she had publicly criticized them.


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