Tokyo Olympics: Belarus athletics coach charged with harassing sprinter by Athletics Integrity Unit

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya pictured with Japanese officials at Tokyo Airport
Belarussian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya (centre) refused to get on a flight from Tokyo and has since been granted asylum in Poland

A Belarus athletics coach who allegedly tried to drive an athlete to fly house from the Tokyo Olympics has been charged with improper conduct.

The sprinter obtained police safety after voicing fears for her security and was later granted asylum by Poland.

Yury Maisevic has been charged with three offences by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The AUI alleges that Maisevic, who was Belarus’ head coach on the Tokyo Video games, “verbally and mentally harassed” Tsimanouskaya.

Coach Artur Shumak, who was additionally underneath investigation, has not been charged.

“The AIU alleges that, in respect of those circumstances of Tsimanouskaya’s removing from the Olympic Video games, Maisevich didn’t act with integrity and acted in unhealthy religion; did not safeguard the athlete’s dignity and his actions constituted verbal and psychological harassment; and that he introduced athletics typically into disrepute,” mentioned the integrity unit.

“An vital position of the AIU is to safeguard athletes and defend them from harassment. The AIU has investigated this matter completely and considers there’s a case to reply for a breach of the Integrity Code of Conduct,” mentioned AIU head Brett Clothier.

Tsimanouskaya posted a video on-line saying that she was entered into the 400m relay occasion at brief discover by Belarusian officers, after some team-mates had been discovered to be ineligible to compete.

State media criticised her after she posted the clip, with one tv channel saying she lacked “crew spirit”.

She mentioned officers got here to her room and gave her an hour to pack her baggage earlier than being escorted to Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

Belarusian officers mentioned Tsimanouskaya was taken off the crew due to her “emotional and psychological situation”.