Tsimanouskaya well, thanks Poland, Polish envoy in Japan says

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, a member of the Belarusian Olympic team who turned for help to the Polish embassy in Tokyo to avoid forced deportation to Belarus, is feeling well and has expressed thanks for Poland's assistance in her situation, Polish ambassador to Japan Pawel Milewski tweeted on Tuesday.

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 reported that Tsimanouskaya was in the protection of the Polish diplomatic and consular services.

Milewski, who met Tsimanouskaya on Tuesday morning, wrote that she was "feeling well and is grateful to us all for our help."

Tsimanouskaya, who has been granted a Polish humanitarian visa, is expected to depart from Tokyo to Warsaw on Wednesday. She is reportedly planning to apply for political asylum in Germany or Austria.