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A brief history of asylum seekers at the Olympics — and why they are sometimes misunderstood

The Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya left Tokyo this week after her Olympics were over, bound not for her home country, but a new home in Poland.

Tsimanouskaya was granted a humanitarian visa by the Polish government after claiming the Belarusian Olympic Committee was trying to force her back to Minsk where she was in danger for her life.

  • Keith Rathbone
  • The Conversation

According to Tsimanouskaya, “her team had ‘made it clear’ she …

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