Olympian Krystsina Tsimanouskaya Says Belarus Tried To Remove Her From Japan

Tsimanouskaya had criticized Belarus team officials on her Instagram account.

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Athletes from Belarus walk during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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TOKYO (AP) — Belarus track sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya says her Olympic team officials tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff Sunday evening at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Tsimanouskaya says in a filmed message on social media she was “put under pressure” by team officials and asked the International Olympic Committee for help. The Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation says the athlete did not board the flight and summoned Japanese…

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