Belarus Olympic Sprinter Arrives in Vienna Amid Safety Fears
The officials “made it clear that, upon return home, I would definitely face some form of punishment,” sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya told the AP.
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VIENNA, Austria (AP) — A plane carrying a Belarusian Olympic sprinter seeking refuge landed in Austria on Wednesday after she resisted an attempt by her Olympic team’s officials to send her home, where she feared reprisals from the authoritarian government. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya boarded a plane at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport that left for Vienna, but she was expected to travel on to Poland, which has offered her a humanitarian visa. Before leaving Japan, the 24-year-old…