“I am frightened that I may possibly be jailed in Belarus”

Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya is seen at Haneda Global Airport in Tokyo, on August 1.  (Issei Kato/Reuters) Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya stated she fears arrest if she returns to her house country, in an interview with Belarusian sporting activities news site Tribuna on Sunday. Timanovskaya is now in limbo in […]

Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya is seen at Haneda Global Airport in Tokyo, on August 1.  (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya stated she fears arrest if she returns to her house country, in an interview with Belarusian sporting activities news site Tribuna on Sunday.

Timanovskaya is now in limbo in Tokyo just after what she explained as an attempt to forcibly return her to Minsk.

“I am worried that I may well be jailed in Belarus,” she explained, speaking from Tokyo’s Haneda airport. “I am not fearful of getting fired or kicked out of the national staff. I’m involved about my safety. And I assume that at the instant it is not secure for me in Belarus. I didn’t do anything, but they deprived me of the suitable to take part in the 200 meter race and desired to mail me household.”

Timanovskaya did not depth specifically what she feared she would be jailed above, but her concern of reprisal arrives after she spoke out versus nationwide sporting authorities.

In an Instagram article on July 30, she stated that she had been involved on a checklist to compete in the 4×400 meter relay with no her consent.

Timanovskaya instructed Tribuna that she was “outraged” and that doing so was “a complete disrespect” mainly because it is a distance she had never competed in right before. After recording a video on Instagram venting her frustrations, she stated that “they [team officials] started off calling me with threats and demanding to delete the movie if I want to go in advance in sporting activities.”

“At very first, I refused to delete it for a prolonged time, but then I did it, so that they quit contacting me,” she reported in the video.

Timanovskaya explained to the news site that an official from her countrywide workforce went to her room on Sunday afternoon and told her to report to the airport in a make any difference of several hours. Immediately after that, she explained a psychologist arrived to speak with her in a way she explained as “nonsense.”

She said she intentionally packed her belongings slowly even though she was checked on each 10 minutes to see if she was prepared to depart, and in the meantime, she corresponded with her husband and kinfolk.

“We imagined about what to do, exactly where to use. We determined that I would arrive to the airport, and then I would go to the law enforcement. That is what I last but not least did,” she explained to Tribuna.

She stated Yuri Moisevich, the head mentor of the countrywide athletics staff, explained to her that “this difficulty is no more time at the level of the federation [of athletics], neither at the degree of the Ministry of Sporting activities, but at a bigger degree. That I must be eradicated from the Olympics, returned property, for the reason that I am in the way of the staff doing.”

In response to a statement from the Belarusian Nationwide Olympic Committee alleging that she was withdrawn from the competition thanks to doctors’ analysis of her “emotional and psychological point out,” she claimed: “No medical practitioners arrived up to me. No 1 examined me.”

She additional: “I have a very good psychological condition, even in spite of the truth that this sort of a scenario was likely on. I am holding up normally, I have no health problems, no traumas, no mental troubles. I was all set to run.”

 

Edie Villetas

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