Last Updated: January 20, 2023, 11:56 IST
The coach of Belarus sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who fled the Tokyo Olympics to Poland after claiming she was being pressured to return dwelling, was Thursday charged with “verbal and psychological harassment” by officials.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said Yury Maisevich “did not act with integrity, acted in bad faith, failed to safeguard the athlete’s dignity and his actions constituted verbal and mental harassment.”
Tsimanouskaya claimed she was forcibly taken to the airport within the Japanese capital after refusing to observe orders through the Games in 2021 however managed to draw the eye of the Japanese authorities who intervened.
She finally fled to Poland which granted her a humanitarian visa.
In the wake of the incident, two Belarus workforce coaches had been suspended.
“An vital function of the AIU is to safeguard athletes and shield them from harassment,” mentioned AIU chief Brett Clothier.
“The AIU has investigated this matter thoroughly and considers there is a case to answer for a breach of the Integrity Code of Conduct.”
Tsimanouskaya mentioned she feared for her security if pressured to return to ex-Soviet Belarus dominated by the regime of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko who has been in energy for 3 a long time.
The AIU mentioned the second Belarus workforce official Artur Shumak has not been charged.
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