Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaja has left Japan on a flight to Vienna, Austria in the morning Finnish time.
Tsimanouskay is expected to continue from Vienna to Poland, which has granted him an entry visa on humanitarian grounds.
Tsimanouskaya was originally intended to fly directly to Warsaw, Poland, but the itinerary changed at the last minute.
Tsimanouskaya arrived at Narita Airport from the Polish Embassy, where she stayed for two days.
The runner did not speak to the media at the airport.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday he had talks with Tsimanouskaya.
The prime minister described the runner as a brave man who is well taken care of.
- I can assure you that he can count on the support and solidarity of Poland.
In Warsaw, he can live freely and, if he so wishes, also get more help, the prime minister wrote on Facebook.
The runner's husband and child have also left Belarus for Ukraine.
The family is supposed to meet each other in Poland.
The leadership of the Belarusian Olympic team is said to have tried to force its sprinter to return to Belarus after the runner had criticized the country’s sports leadership.
The International Olympic Committee is investigating the case.
According to the Belarusian opposition, the leadership of the country’s Olympic sports should be excluded from the Games, after which athletes could compete without representing Belarus anymore.
The activist was found in the log
On Tuesday, Vitaly Shishov, the leader of a non-governmental organization supporting refugees from Belarus, was found dead in Kiev, Ukraine.
Police said Shishov was found in a log park in Kiev on Tuesday.
The police who opened the murder investigation are finding out if it is a staged suicide.
Shishov disappeared while jogging.
Shisov's friends had previously said that Shishov had been followed recently.
According to unconfirmed information from opposition sources, Shishov's nose was broken and his face was bruised when police found the body.
Shishov led an organization that, among other things, helped people who left Belarus for Ukraine to find a job and housing, and organized demonstrations against the Belarussian regime.