Belarusian Sprinter In Tokyo: ‘I Am Afraid That I Might Be Jailed In Belarus’

Belarusian Sprinter In Tokyo: ‘I Am Afraid That I Might Be Jailed In Belarus’

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2 hr 29 min agoBelarusian sprinter in Tokyo: “I am afraid that I might be jailed in Belarus”Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya is seen at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, on August 1.  (Issei Kato/Reuters)Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya said she fears arrest if she returns to her home country, in an interview with Belarusian sports news site Tribuna on Sunday.

Timanovskaya is currently in limbo in Tokyo after what she described as an attempt to forcibly return her to Minsk.

“I am afraid that I might be jailed in Belarus,” she said, speaking from Tokyo’s Haneda airport. “I am not afraid of being fired or kicked out of the national team. I’m concerned about my safety. And I think that at the moment it is not safe for me in Belarus. I didn’t do anything, but they deprived me of the right to participate in the 200 meter race and wanted to send me home.”Timanovskaya did not detail exactly what she feared she would be jailed over, but her fear of reprisal comes after she spoke out against national sporting authorities.

In an Instagram post on July 30, she said that she had been included on a list to compete in the 4×400 meter relay without her consent.

Timanovskaya told Tribuna that she was “outraged” and that doing so was “a complete disrespect” because it is a distance she had never competed in before. After recording a video on Instagram venting her frustrations, she said that “they [team officials] started calling me with threats and demanding to delete the video if I want to go ahead in sports.”

“At first, I refused to delete it for a long time, but then I did it, so that they stop calling me,” she said in the video.

Timanovskaya told the news site that an official from her national team went to her room on Sunday afternoon and told her to report to the airport in a matter of hours. After that, she said a psychologist came to speak with her in a way she described as “nonsense.”

She said she deliberately packed her belongings slowly while she was checked on every 10 minutes to see if she was ready to leave, and in the meantime, she corresponded with her husband and relatives.

“We thought about what to do, where to apply. We decided that I would come to the airport, and then I would go to the police. That is what I finally did,” she told Tribuna.

She said Yuri Moisevich, the head coach of the national athletics team, told her that “this issue is no longer at the level of the federation [of athletics], neither at the level of the Ministry of Sports, but at a higher level. That I should be eliminated from the Olympics, returned home, because I am in the way of the team performing.”

In response to a statement from the Belarusian National Olympic Committee alleging that she was withdrawn from the competition due to doctors’ evaluation of her “emotional and psychological state,” she said: “No doctors came up to me. No one examined me.”

She added: “I have a good psychological state, even despite the fact that such a situation was going on. I am holding up normally, I have no health problems, no traumas, no mental issues. I was ready to run.”

4 hr 36 min agoKatie Ledecky cements her status as Olympic legendFrom CNN’s Coy Wire and Homero De La Fuente

US swimmer Katie Ledecky competes in the 800m freestyle final on July 31. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Katie Ledecky added two gold and two silver medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to seal her legendary status as she became the only US Olympian in history with six individual golds.

Ledecky sat down with CNN to talk about her path to the games and what she’s looking forward to when she gets back home.

“I’m just going to enjoy spending time with my family and friends and telling them all the stories and can’t wait to get back to the U.S and just give them a big hug,” said Ledecky. The 10-time Olympic medallist, who became the fourth swimmer in history to win gold in an individual discipline in three-straight Olympics, also talked about how she deals with the stress that comes with her success.

“I try to just stay focused on my own goals and try not to let expectations get to me too much, swimming is not the only thing I enjoy doing, I’m passionate about other things as well,” Ledecky says. “There’s so much more to life than swimming and the Olympics and the people around me remind me of that.”

7 hr 12 min agoSunday saw 26 gold medals awarded at the Tokyo OlympicsChina’s Chen Yufei holds her singles badminton gold medal on August 1. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)Italy took home two gold medals in a thrilling day of track and field, with Gianmarco Tamberi winning in men’s high jump and Lamont Marcell Jacobs edging out the competition to earn the country’s first ever men’s 100m crown.

Here is a full list of the gold medal winners from Sunday:

Artistic Gymnastics

Men’s Floor Exercise: Artem Dolgopyat, IsraelWomen’s Vault: Rebeca Andrade, BrazilMen’s Pommel Horse: Max Whitlock, Great BritainWomen’s Uneven Bars: Nina Derwael, BelgiumAthletics

Women’s Shot Put: Gong Lijiao, ChinaMen’s High Jump: Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi, ItalyWomen’s Triple Jump: Yulimar Rojas, VenezuelaMen’s 100m: Lamont Marcell Jacobs, ItalyBadminton

Women’s Singles: Chen Yufei, ChinaCycling BMX Freestyle

Women’s Park: Charlotte Worthington, Great BritainMen’s Park: Logan Martin, AustraliaDiving

Women’s 3m Springboard: Shi Tingmao, ChinaFencing


Men’s Individual Stroke Play: Xander Schauffele, United StatesSailing

Men’s One Person Dinghy-Laser: Matt Wearn, AustraliaWomen’s One Person Dinghy-Laser Radial: Anne-Marie Rindom, DenmarkSwimming

Men’s 50m Freestyle: Caeleb Dressel, United StatesWomen’s 50m Freestyle: Emma McKeon, AustraliaMen’s 1500m Freestyle: Robert Finke, United StatesWomen’s 4 X 100m Medley Relay: AustraliaMen’s 4 X 100m Medley Relay: United StatesTennis

Women’s Doubles: Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova, Czech RepublicMen’s Singles: Alexander Zverev, GermanyMixed Doubles: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Andrey Rublev, Russian Olympic CommitteeWeightlifting

Women’s 76kg: Neisi Patricia Dajomes Barrera, Ecuador8 hr 20 min agoWinning 100m gold medal a “dream” for Lamont Marcell Jacobs From CNN’s Ben Morse in London

Lamont Marcell Jacobs celebrates becoming the first Italian man to ever win the men’s Olympic 100m gold medal. (David Ramos/Getty Images)”It’s a dream, a dream, it is fantastic. Maybe, tomorrow, I can imagine what they are saying, but today it is incredible.”

Those are the words Lamont Marcell Jacobs used to describe his thoughts in the aftermath of his stunning 100m gold medal victory.


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