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Why One Athlete 'Feared For Her Life' At The Tokyo Olympics

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02.08.2021

It might feel like female athletes are making big strides at the Tokyo Olympics.

Simone Biles has spoken out about her mental health, Sara Gamal became the first hijab-wearing woman to referee basketball at the Games, and Rebeca Andrade made history for Brazil by becoming the country’s first female Olympic champion in gymnastics.

But for Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, the picture couldn’t be more different.

The 24-year-old refused to board a flight back to her home country on Sunday after being taken to the airport “against her will” for criticising her coaches on social media.

Tsimanouskaya said she feared for her life, according to the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation. Spokesperson Alexander Opeikin told The Associated Press: “The campaign was quite serious and........

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