/ 03 August 2021

Sprinting towards safety

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Belarus: home to Europe’s ‘last dictator’ President Alexander Lukashenko. And look, the appointment might have been made on merit, but it feels a bit like nepotism – his son Viktor is the president of the nation’s Olympic Committee. Enter Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya who found herself in a difficult spot on Sunday when she was pressured by her handlers to leave Tokyo after publicly criticising Belarusian Olympic officials on social media. They said she was taken off the team because of her “emotional and psychological condition”. Getting as far as the airport, she asked Japanese police for help, and overnight, she took refuge at the Polish Embassy in Tokyo. The scary chapter has put Belarus back in the spotlight after Lukashenko’s crackdowns on his citizens and the arrest of journo Roman Protasevich on a Ryanair flight in May. #SquizShortcut

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