WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A lawmaker in Poland says a second Belarussian athlete, an equestrian who was excluded from the nation’s Olympic workforce after criticizing state authorities, has been given a humanitarian visa and refuge in Poland.
Belarus dressage rider Olga Safronova, who was barred from going to the Tokyo Olympics this summer season, intends to practice and compete with Poland’s nationwide equestrian workforce, opposition lawmaker Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska mentioned Sunday.
Safronova’s issues started when she made offended feedback concerning the authoritarian regime of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko whereas in Poland, when one in all her horses was mentioned to be limping and unfit for competitors. The feedback led to Safronova’s removing from the Belarusian workforce for Tokyo and she or he was named as a nationwide enemy, Kluzik-Rostkowska informed The Associated Press.
Safronova determined to search refuge in Poland together with her husband, and in mid-August they have been issued humanitarian visas by Poland’s embassy in Lviv, Ukraine, the place they went to choose them up, in accordance to Kluzik-Rostkowska.
Veterinarians in Poland discovered no downside with the horse. Her two different horses have additionally been introduced to Poland.
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Last month Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya discovered shelter in Poland to keep away from punishment at residence after criticizing workforce officers on the Tokyo Olympic Games, the place she was barred from collaborating. Defying Belarusian authorities who tried to ship her residence, she engaged the assistance of Japanese police on the Tokyo airport and finally made her approach to Poland, which issued her humanitarian visa.
Now sponsored by Poland’s oil big Orlen, Tsimanouskaya says she feels protected and hopes to deal with how to sustain a world-class working profession.
Poland has additionally supplied refuge to Belarus dissidents and critics of Lukashenko who’re fleeing reprisals.
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