Belarusian Olympic Sprinter to Seek Political Asylum After Refusing Order to Return Home

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A Belarusian sprinter who refused an order to return home from the Tokyo Olympics because she didn’t feel “safe” after criticizing her country on social media is planning to seek political asylum.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who was pulled from Monday’s 200-meter event and forcibly taken to the airport by Belarusian officials, entered the Polish embassy in Tokyo on Monday, per NPR.