Sport Kristina Timanowskaya: Fortunately, the Games in Japan

15:06  03 august  2021
15:06  03 august  2021 Source:   zeit.de

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are the case of Belarusian sprinterer Kristina Timanovskaya shows: Olympia is not in authoritarian states. In China or Russia, it would probably be different.

Kristina Timanowskaja ist aktuell in der polnischen Botschaft in Tokio, vermutlich reist sie Mitte der Woche nach Warschau. © Yuki Iwamura / AFP / Getty Images Kristina Timanovskaya is currently in the Polish Embassy in Tokyo, probably she travels in the middle of the week after Warsaw.

The Belarusian Athletin Kristina Timanovskaya has become the persecuted in Tokyo . Tracks your own state, for a mini critique at your coaches and officials. In the thoughts of a despot like Alexander Lukashenko, however, there is no harmless criticism, one as he does not have a problem with chasing supposed opposition in the Olympic Games in a foreign country.

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The luck of Timanowskaya: The games are in Japan . The Japanese police protected them, taken them into their care before they could have been forced to leave to Belarus. Meanwhile, she is in the Polish Embassy and has received a humanitarian visa, probably traveled in the middle of the week to Warsaw .

maybe that would be different in a country that it holds less with human rights than the democratic Japan. For example, in China, where 2022 the next winter games take place: would the police helped a athlete from Belarus? In Russia , the venue of the Games 2014, she certainly did not have it. repeatedly sends Russia fled opposition to Belarus , only a few days ago the World Champion in the Kick and Thaibox Alexei Kudin .

The case Timanovskaya shows that the claim is entitled to express the critics and also athletes for years: Olympia does not belong in authoritarian states. The local regimes want to get legitimacy with the games. And now it is also obvious that it is also about the security of athletes. If Timanovskaya can not rely on the rule of law in their homeland - at Olympia, she has to be able to do it.

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The IOC now has to do two things

This is the lesson for the IOC. Getting assistance from authorities may not be gambling, even though it is rare that a sportswoman at Olympia is looking for help.

would have worked out the Belarusian kidnapping, everyone could have imagined what Kristina Timanovskaya would have threatened in Belarus : prison, maybe even worse. Her husband has fled from Belarus to Ukraine, she had warned him.

The IOC now has to do two things: It should immediately suspend the National Olympic Committee of Belarus and leave the Belarusian athletes and athletes in Tokyo under a neutral flag. And it has to ask the question of how the athletes can protect in the future from dictators and their handlers. For example, in the winter games in Beijing in a few months.

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