Tokyo Olympics: Belarus athletics coach charged with harassing sprinter by Athletics Integrity Unit

Belarussian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya (centre) refused to get on a flight from Tokyo and has since been granted asylum in Poland

A Belarus athletics coach who allegedly tried to power an athlete to fly dwelling from the Tokyo Olympics has been charged with improper conduct.

The sprinter obtained police safety after voicing fears for her security and was later granted asylum by Poland.

Yury Maisevic has been charged with three offences by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The AUI alleges that Maisevic, who was Belarus’ head coach on the Tokyo Video games, “verbally and mentally harassed” Tsimanouskaya.

Coach Artur Shumak, who was additionally beneath investigation, has not been charged.

“The AIU alleges that, in respect of these circumstances of Tsimanouskaya’s removal from the Olympic Games, Maisevich did not act with integrity and acted in bad faith; failed to safeguard the athlete’s dignity and his actions constituted verbal and mental harassment; and that he brought athletics generally into disrepute,” stated the integrity unit.

“An important role of the AIU is to safeguard athletes and protect them from harassment. The AIU has investigated this matter thoroughly and considers there is a case to answer for a breach of the Integrity Code of Conduct,” stated AIU head Brett Clothier.

Tsimanouskaya posted a video on-line saying that she was entered into the 400m relay occasion at brief discover by Belarusian officers, after some team-mates have been discovered to be ineligible to compete.

State media criticised her after she posted the clip, with one tv channel saying she lacked “team spirit”.

She stated officers got here to her room and gave her an hour to pack her baggage earlier than being escorted to Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

Belarusian officers stated Tsimanouskaya was taken off the group due to her “emotional and psychological condition”.