Sport Swimming. A world champion sells its gold medal to support opposition in Belarus
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Aliaksandra Herasimenia, world champion of 50 m swimming in 2012, sold his gold medal to support opposition in Belarus. A fundraising was organized for athletes facing the repression of President Alexandre Loukachenko.
The swimmer Belarusian Aliaksandra Herasimenia has sold his gold medal won during the 2012 World Championships to raise funds in support of opposition athletes, faced with the repression of the plan, announced on Wednesday his foundation.
Herasimenia, 35, launched the Belarusian Foundation for Sport Solidarity (BSSF) last August, during a unprecedented protest movement against the contested re-election of President Alexander Loukachenko.
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The Foundation provides financial and legal support to Belarus athletes who have found themselves in the authorities' collimator for calling to put an end to the brutal repression of opposition events. According to the BSSF, Aliaksandra Herasimenia has sold his gold medal won in 50 meters free swim at the 2012 World Championship in Turkey, looking for about 13,500 euros for his cause.
A call to prohibit Belarus to participate in the Olympics I want to support all the Belarus, give them 100% confidence in victory because this trust is 90% of the Success, she said, cited in a statement of her foundation, which states that this decision was made after the opening of an investigation aimed at the champion by the Belarusian authorities. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Refugee in Lithuania, is accused of actions aimed at harming the national security of Belarus and incurs five years in prison.
The great movement of protest for Alexander Loukachenko has gathered forced tens of thousands of people in the streets of Minsk and other cities before gradually running up to massive arrests, violence that has resulted in at least four dead, and heavy prison sentences.
Almost all opposition figures have been imprisoned or pushed to exile and critical power athletes have been expelled from the national selection for the Tokyo Olympics. Herasimenia, silver and bronze medalist at the Olympics and who has retired sports in 2019, called the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to prohibit Belarus to participate in Tokyo.
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