US targets multiple Belarusians’ visas over athlete repression

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, the Belarusian Olympic sprinter

The United States on Thursday said it was imposing visa restrictions on several Belarusians, citing the repression of athletes abroad including the attempted forced repatriation of a sprinter at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya refused to board a flight back home last year when she was removed from the games against her will after publicly complaining about national team coaches.

She defected to Poland, saying she feared for her safety if she returned to Belarus. President Alexander Lukashenko has said she was “manipulated.”

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