Sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, from Belarus, was granted asylum at the Polish embassy in Tokyo, Japan, according to news agencies on Monday (2).
She had applied for asylum after accusing her own technical committee of forcing her to return to her home country after she publicly criticized her superiors. On her Instagram, the athlete reported that some of her colleagues would not have gone to Tokyo due to lack of doping tests.
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The athlete would have been forced to return to the country even before competing in the 200-meter dash, athletics, this Monday (2). With his refusal to accept the determinations of the technical commission, Tsimanouskaya sought protection from the Japanese police at Haneda airport. According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the runner was accompanied by a member of the Olympics organization at all times.
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Currently, the country is ruled by Alexander Lukashenko. Considered the “last dictator in Europe”, he is in his sixth consecutive term, the result of an election that was not recognized by the international community and fraught with accusations of fraud. Like other authoritarian leaders, Lukashenko also promotes repression against those who criticize his government.
Speaking of politics and the Olympics, the American Raven Saunders made the first political demonstration at the Tokyo Games this weekend. With the silver medal around her neck for her performance in the women’s shot put, the athlete raised her arms and crossed her fists on the podium.
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The IOC, which prohibits political demonstrations during the Olympics, has yet to comment on the case. According to Saunders, the crossing of arms represents the intersection of oppressions against political minorities in the world.
“Scream for all my blacks. I scream to my entire LGBTQ community. I scream for all my employees who deal with mental health. To show the younger ones that no matter how many boxes they try to fit you into, you can be you and you can accept that. People tried to tell me not to get tattoos and piercings and all that. But look at me now, and I’m shining”, said the athlete.
In the list of medals won so far, Brazil is in 18th place in the general ranking, with 10 medals: two gold, three silver and five bronze. The top positions are occupied by China, the United States, Japan, Australia, Athletes from Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany, South Korea and the Netherlands.
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This Monday, Cuban Mijaín Lopéz became the first Greco-Roman wrestling athlete to win four gold medals in the Olympics. Neisi Dajomes, the first woman from Ecuador to win a gold medal, also made history. She secured the medal in the 76 kg women’s weightlifting.
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