September 30, 2022


Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who left the Olympic Video games in Tokyo and seeks asylum in Poland, attends a information convention in Warsaw, Poland August 5, 2021. Maciek Jazwiecki/Agencja Gazeta by way of REUTERS/Information

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Aug 30 (Reuters) – Athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who defected from Belarus through the 2021 Olympic Video games in Tokyo, has stated in an Instagram submit that she had been awarded Polish citizenship.

“At this time I offer you my phrase that I’ll strive 100% to indicate my full potential, and even when I stand on the rostrum as a Pole, know that this medal can be for all Belarusians and for our freedom. Lengthy stay Belarus! Thanks Poland,” she wrote.

Tsimanouskaya took refuge in Poland when she was kicked out of the Olympics a 12 months in the past after a dispute together with her coaches.

The sprinter grew to become a logo of resistance in Belarus, the place critics of chief Alexander Lukashenko have been jailed or compelled to flee overseas after he cracked down on mass protests over a 2020 election that the opposition stated was rigged.

In an interview with Reuters this month, Tsimanouskaya stated she hoped to compete within the 2024 Paris Olympics within the 200 metres, the occasion she had been set to run the day after Belarus eliminated her from the group in Tokyo. learn extra

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Reporting by Mark Trevelyan; Modifying by Ken Ferris

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