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An Olympic athlete from Belarus is under Japanese police protection after she said she was taken to the airport against her will after criticizing her coaches and said she does not want to go home.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, 24, was involuntarily taken to Tokyo-Haneda airport on Sunday, Reuters reported. But she told Reuters that she did not want to be taken home: "I will not return to Belarus."

"I am afraid that in Belarus they might put me in jail," she told the Belarusian news agency, The New York Times reported Sunday. "I am not afraid that I will be fired or kicked out of the national team, I am worried about my safety. And I think that at the moment it is not safe for me in Belarus."

Sky News reported that she was seen arriving at the Polish embassy in Tokyo on Monday after spending the night at an airport hotel.

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said that Tsimanouskaya was now being looked after by Japanese authorities, the BBC reported.

Adams said she's "safe and secure," according to Axios.

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