TOKYO, JAPAN - 2021/06/17: Olympic Rings installat
TOKYO, JAPAN - 2021/06/17: Olympic Rings installation in front of Japan Olympic Museum in Shinjuku. (Getty Images)

Poland has granted a humanitarian visa to the Belarusian Olympian who refused to go home after criticising her coaches, the BBC reported.

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she was forcibly taken to Tokyo's Haneda airport on Sunday and told to board a plane to Belarus. She said she refused, telling the Belarusian news agency "I am afraid that in Belarus they might put me in jail ... I am worried about my safety. And I think that at the moment it is not safe for me in Belarus."

She was seen visiting the Polish embassy in Tokyo on Monday.

Later on Monday, Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said that Poland would do "whatever is necessary to help her continue her sporting career," the BBC reported.

Her husband has also since fled to Kyiv, Ukraine, and told Agence France-Presse he hopes to join his wife "in the near future."

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