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Tokyo Olympics: Belarus sprinter refuses to board flight home – BBC News

A Belarusian sprinter voiced fears for her safety as she refused an order to fly home early from the Olympics for criticising her coaches.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya says she was forced to pack before being taken to the airport in Tokyo against her will.

The 24-year-old says she sought police protection at the terminal so she would not have to board the flight.

“I think I am safe. I am with the police,” she was heard saying, as she was pictured surrounded by officers.

The sprinter, who was due to compete in the women’s 200m event on Monday, had complained about being entered into another race at short notice.

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