IOC expels two Belarusian coaches from the Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided on Friday to expel two coaches from the Belarus team from the Tokyo Games for their role in the attempted forced repatriation of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya. Minsk, for its part, has responded to the measure through a statement warning that it will defend its delegation “against all discrimination.”

The IOC has decided to sanction technicians Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich in this way, after creating a disciplinary commission to “clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident,” as announced in a statement this Friday. “For the well-being of the athletes of the Belarusian National Olympic Committee who are still in Tokyo and as an interim measure, the IOC has canceled and withdrawn the accreditations of the two coaches on the eve,” said the international body. The two coaches have been asked to leave the Olympic Village immediately and did so, according to the IOC, adding that they will both be offered “an opportunity to explain themselves.”

Tsimanouskaya landed in Warsaw last Wednesday, after Poland was granted humanitarian asylum after she asked the Japanese police for help while members of her national committee tried to force her to return to her country, which the athlete described as an “kidnapping” attempt. .

The runner, known for having expressed her support for the popular movement against Alexandr Lukashenko’s regime, competed in the Tokyo Olympics and feared reprisals upon returning to Belarus, she explained in videos and messages posted on social networks.

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