Tsimanouskaya arrives in Warsaw

Defected Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya landed safely in Warsaw on Wednesday evening on a flight from Vienna, where she arrived from the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Tsimanouskaya, who refused to board a plane to Belarus in Tokyo on Sunday after being expelled from the Belarusian Olympic squad for critical remarks about a coach, was admitted to the Polish embassy in Tokyo and was met by the Polish ambassador.

On Monday, a Polish deputy foreign minister confirmed that Tsimanouskaya was in the protection of the Polish diplomatic and consular services.

On Tuesday Poland's prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Tsimanouskaya could count on "support and solidarity from Poland."

Tsimanouskaya and her husband, currently in Ukraine, have been granted Polish humanitarian visas. She is reportedly planning to apply for political asylum in Germany or Austria.