Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was offered a humanitarian visa by the Polish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

She said on Sunday that she was threatened with returning by force to her country.

She has since been "safe", according to the International Olympic Committee. 

Poland has granted a humanitarian visa to Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who on Sunday said she felt threatened to return by force to her country, Polish deputy foreign minister said on Monday.

The athlete "is already in direct contact with Polish diplomats in Tokyo. She has received a humanitarian visa. Poland will do whatever it takes to help her pursue her sports career," Marcin Przydacz wrote on Twitter.

Kryscina Tsimanouskaya a Belarusian athlet is already in direct contact with Polish diplomats in Tokyo.

She has received a humanitarian Visa.

Poland will do whatever is necessary to help her to continue her sporting career.

always stands for Solidarity.

- Marcin Przydacz (@marcin_przydacz) August 2, 2021

Athlete could travel to Poland this week

Tsimanouskaya is "safe inside our embassy" in Tokyo, he told news channel TVN24.

"Poland offers its support to Belarusian citizens who, for political reasons, wish to leave Belarusian territory or do not want to return to Belarus," he added. 

According to officials from the Foreign Ministry, quoted by Polish media, the athlete could travel to Poland this week.

Her husband, Arseni Zdanevich, contacted by phone by AFP, said he had left Belarus because he did not think he was "safe" there.

"I am in Ukrainian territory, and I plan to find my wife," he added.

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