Belarusian runner Kristina Timanovskaya Received On Monday, Poland was denied a humanitarian visa, hours after she was denied boarding a flight out of Japan, saying she was being forced to return to her country of origin against her will and feared arrest.
Poland’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, Marcin Przydzcz, announced on Twitter that Timnovskaya had been granted a visa. He posted, “Poland will do whatever is necessary to help him continue his playing career. (Poland) has always stood for solidarity.”
He later told Reuters that the 24-year-old Olympic athlete was planning to travel to Poland in the following days. “According to her decision, that’s what our consul in Tokyo heard, she plans to come to Poland in the coming days to come to Warsaw. And if she wants… she wants to pursue her sports career in Poland.” is free to do,” Prezidaz said.
Earlier on Monday, Reuters reported that Timnovskaya was seen entering the Polish embassy.
Timanovskaya was set to compete in the women’s 200m at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, but said representatives of the Belarus national team tried to forcibly send her back to their home country after she entered the 4x400m relay without her. National sports officials were criticized for Agreement.
Team officials came to the Olympic Village on Sunday afternoon and asked them to “pack their belongings as it was decided for them to return to Minsk,” said Anatol Kotau of the Belarus Sports Solidarity Foundation, which represents athletes repressed by Belarusian authorities. , and who is in direct contact with Timanovskaya.
The Belarus embassy in Tokyo said in a statement on Monday that Belarusian diplomats arrived at the airport on Sunday to “clarify the circumstances” and “provide possible consular and legal assistance if necessary”, but asked Japanese representatives about Timnovskaya. I was unable to get any information. . The statement said the athlete has not been in contact with the embassy.