The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has removed two Belarus coaches who cut short sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya’s Tokyo Games.
The IOC said on Friday that the two coaches had their accreditation revoked and were removed from the athletes’ village.
The Olympic Committee further said that Yuri Moisevich, the head coach of the athletics team, and team official Artur Shumak were forced to leave the Olympic village days after they ordered Tsimanouskaya to collect her belongings and fly out.
“The two coaches were requested to leave the Olympic Village immediately and have done so,” the IOC said.
It added that it was done as an interim measure during a formal investigation “in the interest of the wellbeing of the athletes.”
The case of the 24-year-old athlete threatens to further isolate Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been sanctioned by the West since last year’s crackdown on opponents and whose son is the chairman of the National Olympic Committee.
“We are not the ones who made the decision. We are only executing it,” Tsimanouskaya said the two officials told her. “You have 40 minutes. You have to pack your things and go to the airport.”
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