Posted on Aug 06, 2021
Two Belarusian coaches have lost their Olympic accreditations after allegedly attempting to force an athlete to leave the Games in Tokyo.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich had left the Olympic Village. An investigation is under way.
The case of Krystina Timanovskaya caught global attention after she refused her team's orders to fly home.
She is now in Poland, where she has been granted a humanitarian visa.
Belarus says she was removed from the national team because of her emotional state. But the 24-year-old says this is not true, saying she was removed because she spoke on Instagram about the "negligence of [her] coaches".
In a statement, the IOC said it had removed the accreditations of the two coaches "as a provisional measure... in the interest of the wellbeing of the athletes of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus who are still in Tokyo".
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