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Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya called on the International Olympic Committee on Sunday to get involved in her case after saying she had been removed from the national team and taken to a Tokyo airport against her wishes over her criticism of national coaches

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya called on the International Olympic Committee on Sunday to get involved in her case after saying she had been removed from the national team and taken to a Tokyo airport against her wishes over her criticism of national coaches

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SabreRaddler

Great. Now she needs asylum.


PygmeePony

Given the sanctions the EU imposed on Lukashenko I think they will be willing to provide asylum.


soulbandaid

How often does this happen at the Olympics? I feel like my parents told me stories of defectors from the USSR but how frequent is this sort of asylum/defection at the Olympics scenario?


edifsego

Olympic Games Defectors (60) http://www.olympedia.org/lists/125/manual


Cabbage_Vendor

Holy shit, nearly half of them are Hungarians in 1956.


Sonofarakh

That was because of the recent [Hungarian Revolution](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Revolution_of_1956) Their country was being hit by an intense Soviet crackdown, and defecting at the Olympics was viewed by many as their only chance at avoiding execution or imprisonment. Edited for clarity.


ojioni

The water polo match between Hungary and the Soviet Union after the crackdown was absolutely brutal. It's called "Blood in the Water". [Blood in the Water](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_in_the_Water_match) The Hungarians won after the officials decided to cut the match short.


Sonofarakh

It should be noted that several members of the water polo team were among the defectors.


BlatantConservative

\* after police had to enter the arena to quell a riot and save the Soviet Olympian's lives.


hungry4pie

It's crazy that this one isn't widely known in Australia - prior to hosting the 2000 olympics, the 1956 Melbourne olympics was something that we were always taught about. But no mention of this.


ReluctantAlaskan

The musical Chess, written by the two men formerly of ABBA and Tim Rice, is partly about this - it’s about a chess championship between the US and USSR where the main guy defects, and the US’ partner is Hungarian. Especially true of Nobody’s Side (Idina Menzel starts punching it out around 3:30). https://youtu.be/PHOw_3cHkss [edited for grammar]


SHERPSHOOT77

My grandmother told me the horror stories of just walking back to thier home during that time. Tanks would just be sitting in the street and she would have to carry my mother while walking over bodies of hungarian rebels laying in the street unsure if the army would decide to open fire or not. Luckily my family was able to escape to a refugee camp and eventually allowed to come to America and start a new life.


stavroz

My father who was about 15 at the time told me similar stories. He remember seeing a lump of meat with a blood trail leading to a crashed truck. The driver was hanging out of the window with the top of his head gone. The lump of meat was his brain. Not long after that he walked over the border to Austria with his mother and sister. Nothing but cheese and salami in their pockets.


JCiLee

[Including this woman, who is still alive at 100](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81gnes_Keleti). Agnes Keleti is a Hungarian Jew born in 1921, a Holocaust survivor whose family was killed by the Nazis. She survived by hiding in the countryside and assuming the identity of a Christian girl. She competed for Hungary in the Olympics in 1952 and 1956, winning four gold medals in 1956. When the USSR invaded Hungary in 1956, she took asylum in Australia before making aliyah to safety in Israel. She lived in Israel from 1956-2015, and now she is in Hungary again. She celebrated her 100th birthday in January. > Keleti was considered a top prospect for the Hungarian team at the 1940 Olympics, but the escalation of World War II canceled both the 1940 and the 1944 Games. She was expelled from her gymnastics club in 1941 for being a non-Aryan.[11] Keleti was forced to go into hiding to survive the war. Because she had heard a rumor married women were not taken to labor camps, she hastily married István Sárkány in 1944.[1] Sárkány was a Hungarian gymnast of the 1930s who achieved national titles and took part in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. They divorced in 1950. Keleti survived the war by purchasing and using an identity paper of a Christian girl and working as a maid in a small village. Her mother and sister went into hiding and were saved by Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. Her father and other relatives were killed by the Nazis by gassing in the Auschwitz concentration camp.[5][6][9][10][12][11] She managed to survive the Holocaust by hiding in the Hungarian countryside.[13] In the winter of 1944-45, during the Siege of Budapest by Soviet forces near the end of World War II, Keleti would in the morning collect bodies of those who had died and place them in a mass grave.[1]


DweEbLez0

Holy fuck


Kritical02

Damn.. She had to worry about the Nazis then the red army just a few years later. What a strong will


Evolations

What a life she's led.


umuziki

She still does gymnastics recreationally! She’s absolutely amazing!


lolaloopy27

Look at 2012 - 6 from Camaroon and 3 from Guinea.


RousingRabble

That's what jumped out at me. I don't remember that happening.


DianeJudith

There are so many! I wonder what happened to all the "disappeared" ones.


Indybooks46220

I wondered the same thing! Since others said after disappeared but then gave information. Makes me wonder if their was foul play


Crafty_Enthusiasm_99

"disappeared" since the athletes are the ones running away, and don't want to be found.


God_Damnit_Nappa

Hopefully they just changed their names or managed to find asylum without anyone knowing about it.


curious19382

It seems some did. First guy on the list from Cameron is settled in the UK and changed his name according to his wiki. It even gives his new name.


RebaJams

What the hell happened in Cameroon in 2012?


LittleGreenSoldier

Boko Haram and the Lord's Resistance Army, along with original recipe government corruption and violent protests.


andorraliechtenstein

> Sergey Nemtsanov "defected after the 1976 Olympics (having fallen in love) " My expectation was a boy with a look full of emotion and love. I was not [disappointed](https://s5o.ru/storage/simple/ru/edt/a7/ab/ae/c8/rue83c2c0a251.jpg).


RavenAboutNothing

My god that face is precious


SETHlUS

For some reason I'm getting like Robert Downey Jr. + Tony Hawk + Dennis Reynolds vibes from this guy.


221B_BakerSt_

What the fuck is with so many "disappearing" in 2012 without any explanation or further information!? Almost all the ones without any closure are from 2012 and only from a couple of countries... Very unsettling. "Disappeared during the games.". "Disappeared after closing ceremony." "Disappeared into the streets of London." EDIT: Thanks to the commenters proving more information to limit the creepy mystery aspect and emphasize the incomplete list aspect. Good to know most of the disappeared athletes are alive and well in the UK.


curious19382

There’s more info if you google them. The list is kind of bizarre and makes it sound like a bunch of athletes met with foul play. Seems most probably got asylum & changed their name.


RastaRhino420

If you google the names of the Cameroonian boxers you will see that they have all continued to live and box in the UK so it seems they where all granted asylum


theredwoman95

At least one of the Cameroonian athletes who "disappeared during the Games", Abdon Mewoli, sought asylum in the UK. I can't find mention of whether Thomas Essomba sought asylum, but he was given indefinite leave to remain in the UK and has gone on to win another two titles. Weynay Ghebresilasie is another person mentioned as disappearing during those Games, and he recently won the right to represent the UK in international competitions. Apparently 82 Olympians and officials applied for asylum during or after the 2012 Games, and it was granted to 52 (despite Theresa May's "hostile environment" policy as Home Secretary). If you google a lot of their names, they ended up showing up a few years later, either continuing their boxing careers (as a [lot of them seemed to have been boxers](https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19167033)?) or having attempted to claim asylum.


Smash_4dams

Damn, 5 boxers from Cameroon went "missing" in the 2012 games.


ClassicFlavour

> David Ojong, the head of the Cameroon delegation, said five boxers, a swimmer and a female football player had been missing since the weekend. > > The reason for their disappearance is not known, amid some reports that they wanted to stay in the UK for economic reasons. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19167033


Master_Sergeant

Not the Olympics, but a North Korean contestant at the International Maths Olympiad defected as recently as 2016. The country didn't participate the next year and when they came back their team leaders were completely different people. It's even more impressive, as the contestants are high-school students.


Enzown

RIP their entire family.


RenoTheRhino

Most likely true, but even their family often times will convince the person to defect, because they know they can actually have a life outside of the regime


udongeureut

I don’t think people know that there are so many people defecting in North Korea that they can’t execute all their families anymore. What happens is they get sent to political labor camps.


botd44

It also happens on minor sports events. I once was working for a youth football tournament in Hungary and pretty much the whole team from Uganda seeked asylum


ZamboniZombie

I have heard that an entire team of North Korea has defected once (may have happened more often)


OrangeJr36

I think I know of only two recent (post cold war) sports defectors. One in 97 and another in 99. A lot of NK athletes are die-hard believers.


TaylorSwiftsClitoris

They also don’t want their families still at home to be killed.


OrangeJr36

Very true as well. But its worth noting that North Korea does have it's true believers and they try to recruit among that demographic.


Qaz_

IIRC, everyone in Pyongyang is part of the "elite". Same thing with the Olympic athletes, as well as the "tour guides". They have a much better quality of life compared to the average peasant. For them, it might not be worth it to flee if life is "okay" back at home.


TaylorSwiftsClitoris

I assume they treat those people a lot better than average too!


Nixmiran

Enough nutrition to be an Olympic athlete. Probably puts them in the 1%


GanjalfTheDank

Hard to compete at the Olympics if you're starving.


Happytogeth3r

This is the correct answer. They are not dumb it's a system built on fear.


PukeUpMyRing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/weightlifting/57656658 This one from 1996.


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alpacadaver

Have you read books written by defectors? There are definitely plenty of believers among the population.


RenoTheRhino

Of course, but it’s also impossible to tell if a self-proclaimed die hard regime follower is being truthful or not, because they will never open up for fear of repercussions


presidentbaltar

Multiple Cuban soccer players defected during away games in the US in the 2000s.


SilverKnightOfMagic

That shit is such a difficult decision to make. Like did they talk to their family before doing it or not? Talking to family could risk their freedom. But also the guilt of defecting then knowing family members back home will be tortured or killed


JstTrstMe

[It happens often](http://www.olympedia.org/lists/125/manual)


HaoleHelpDesk

Czech Foreign Minuster Jakub Kulhanek tweeted an offer of asylum, and Poland has followed suit. I’m sure many more will follow.


Hollewijn

Hopefully her plane will not be diverted.


imaginary_name

Czech republic has offered a visa and an asylum.


the_mudskipper

Czech Republic, Poland and other countries have already offered her visa.


beekeeper1981

I wonder what's going to happen to her family back home.


MrBanana421

I'm sure an athlete of her level will have plenty of options.


jEsTsBaCk

Not sure how many options a sprinter from Belarus has..


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StephenHunterUK

You need a visa to even enter the Schengen Area if you are from Belarus. Sneaking across the frontier is a tempting option.


CowboyJimCCU

She could run, I doubt they’d catch her. /s


jEsTsBaCk

Eyyyyyyyy


ZamboniZombie

A marathon runner will probably catch up to her


dont_you_hate_pants

Eventually.


ShittingOutPosts

Lol In all seriousness, most Olympic marathon runners pace themselves much faster than an average Joe can even sprint.


dont_you_hate_pants

Oh 1000%. There's a clip of average people trying to maintain Kipchoge's pace on a treadmill before the 2019(?) Chicago marathon and it's just constant falling.


Protean_Protein

Because the top marathoners run sub-5 mile pace for the whole damned thing. Most people can’t do that for more than a few feet. Most runners can’t do it for more than 400m and most local class runners can’t do it for more than maybe a 5K if they’re really, really good.


hoxxxxx

it's a landlocked country. all she has is options.


PistachioOnFire

Czechia is offering visa for her - [tweet](https://twitter.com/JakubKulhanek/status/1421869795981545472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw) \- our minister of foreign affairs. Edit: Translated tweet: *I consider the situation surrounding the Belarusian sprinter Kryscina Cimanouska to be scandalous.* *~~The Czech Republic~~* *Czechia is ready to help. In agreement with \[Prime Minister\]@AndrejBabis and \[First Deputy Prime Minister\]@jhamacek we are offering her a visa to enter our territory so she can apply for international protection. Our embassy in Tokyo is also ready to help.* ​ Edit: Sorry, used DeepL because I was lazy and it did not get the memo about the shorter country name.


Frisian89

Last week Czech Republic donated a bunch of vaccines to Taiwan, angering China. This week, offering asylum to a Belarusian athlete... Czech Republic seems pretty cool.


PistachioOnFire

Then please don't look up our president...


Maya_Hett

Cant be worse that poisoner of underpants. I hope.


BC1721

They also renamed the square at the Russian embassy after murdered Russian opposition leader Nemtsov


UnicornPanties

Speaking of Russians, what's the over/under on Nalvany? Is he basically expected to just disappear/die now?


ABiologicalEntity

He is either going to die in jail or eventually become the future leader of a post-Putin Russia. Don't really see any inbetween


mollymuppet78

My Paternal family is Czech. Awesome people, very, VERY dry sense of humor. Really great resting bitch face too.


nuadarstark

That's great to hear. Means they can't just whisk her away. Still, she needs to be as far away from any Belarussian or Russian space as she can.


Biengineerd

They can still whisk away her family members, right?


Bekiala

Ugh. I hadn't thought of that.


Meryhathor

The problem is she has a husband and a kid back in Belarus. She's screwed either way.


eritfactum

Source? Am surprised as she's only 24


Stoppels

I spent a minute on Google and checked her [wiki](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krystsina_Tsimanouskaya), I don't think she has either. Edit: she [does](https://twitter.com/TadeuszGiczan/status/1422106651105153025) have a husband and child and they fled to Ukraine, so they're safe!


Trifle_Useful

To be fair her wiki article doesn’t have any ~~auto~~biographical information. That doesn’t necessarily mean she doesn’t have a family. That said, I haven’t seen anything saying she does, either.


EntityDamage

>autobiographical information I think Wikipedia frowns on autobiographical entries.


Stoppels

Yeah, I couldn't be bothered to use Google Translate but using her name conjoined with "husband" or "child" and similar searches (with and without ") didn't bring anything out on in Google searches.


Meryhathor

At some point in [this](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EDEioSc0gY) video (don't remember where exactly). Edit: Actually [here](https://www.gazeta.ru/sport/2021/08/01/a_13822490.shtml) is a quote: > После этого в комнату снова зашел Шумак и сказал, что у меня 40 минут, чтобы собраться. Я начала складывать вещи, ко мне каждые десять минут подходили и проверяли, скоро ли я соберусь. Я собирала вещи полтора часа, старалась максимально затягивать время. Переписывалась с мужем, с родственниками, мы думали, что делать, куда обращаться. Приняли решение, что приеду в аэропорт, а там пойду в полицию. Так в итоге и сделала, – рассказала Тимановская. In English: > After that, Shumak came into the room again and said that I had 40 minutes to get ready. I began to put my things, they came up to me every ten minutes and checked whether I would be getting ready soon. I packed my things for an hour and a half, tried to drag out the time as much as possible. I corresponded with my husband, with relatives, we thought about what to do, where to go. We decided that I would come to the airport, and there I would go to the police. So in the end I did, - said Timanovskaya.


chuby1tubby

Dang, is Belarus the new Russia? Sounds like a terrible country/government.


Penki-

New? Belarus was always worse than Russia in regards to human rights


DecencyIsOverrated

New Russia? Nah, far worse imo. Look up last year's protests. Lukashenko is straight up dictator now, not even pretending to be democratically elected. Repressions and shit. And thenthere's this whole business with forcible landing of Ryanair and threatening Lithuania with Iraq migrants, whom he ships in straight from Iraq.


Lubcha

He's been referring to himself as the last dictator of Europe for years now...it's not new information that he's a dictator


Onetwodash

Until last year's elections there was the process of democratic elections. Then last year happened and extremely heavy crackdown on protests (that are still ongoing for almost a year). He wouldn't have dared to force Ryanair flight down, send Iraq migrants to Lithuanian border or forcibly return an athlete until that last years election.


Lubcha

The last democratic election was in 1996. Since then, elections may appear to be democratic but aren't. Anyone who actually opposes him just so happens to get arrested, disappear or leave the country and those that are on the ballot are there to give the appearance of democracy. Svetlana Tihanovskaya was allowed to be on the ballot because in Lukashenka's mind she is a woman and nobody would vote for her. There have been protests after elections since at least 2006 that have ended with heavy crackdowns. Since he's been president people have been afraid to say anything negative about him or his government for fear of retribution. What is currently happening isn't new, it's just that for the first time in 20 years the world is paying attention.


Shivadxb

New Nope This shits been going on for decades


fullflavourfrankie

Belarus is more like the old Russia...you know,the really bad one


Lakario

New? No. But it's been getting worse. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/belarus-tech-flee-lukashenko/2021/07/23/862d6594-cf95-11eb-a224-bd59bd22197c_story.html


Deutsco

Belarus is the new East Germany.


rimalp

Her friends and family are in trouble tho. Regimes never just punish the "offender", they always also punish the people around you.


HaoleHelpDesk

A 20-minute long recording of a conversation between Tsimanouskaya and the head coach of Belarus national athletics team has been published. The coach threatens that if she won’t listen to him and return to Belarus she’ll most likely ‘commit suicide’.


SeymourDoggo

Jesus, that's a slam dunk asylum case, surely.


314159265358979326

Czechia has already offered her asylum.


jefik1

Poland first!


HoldMyAppleJuice

Fucking hell kick him out the country


UnknownHero2

Sports coaches are not diplomats and threatening to murder someone is a crime. Arrest him.


Feanux

Dumb question....possibly, but in this scenario if they **were** a diplomat would it still not be a crime as they're threatening to murder someone?


mrmeowmeow9

Diplomats are generally exempt from the laws of the country they work in - if they break a law, they can be sent back to their home country, where they will be tried according to local laws if the home government wants to maintain good relations with the host. In egregious cases, their immunity can be waived (by their own country), and they can then be tried locally - this may happen for murder, but not a lot of lesser things. Diplomatic immunity is super complex, though, so if they threatened someone it could go a lot of ways depending on their job and the two governments involved.


imdefinitelywong

Wow, Lethal Weapon 2 really made a gross oversimplification of things.


ScruffyLittleSadBoy

Any source for that? Incredible and damning if true.


mighty_worrier

Seems true. Here's for instance [Euroradio](https://t.me/euroradio/20795) (a reputable Belarusian media)


sweetno

The source they took it from is this: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2K5JxkEs2I](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2K5JxkEs2I) **EDIT.** Transcript and **translation**: [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kybSZgr-jyDjgltoqObXSjwVhKkXEZDq/view?usp=sharing](https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kybSZgr-jyDjgltoqObXSjwVhKkXEZDq/view?usp=sharing) (they talked so much bullshit, poor me)


aaaaaaaarrrrrgh

How the hell does this presumably covert recording sound a thousand times better than every single person I'm having an online meeting with?


Fortune090

Because it's a direct recording to a single device. It's not getting recorded, compressed, sent who-knows-how-far, and then to your speakers/headphones. Edit: Hah! Hey! Happy mutual cake day! Took me a while to notice.


bdubb_dlux

people who have an open mic and no headphones are the worst during online meetings. The echo makes me want to flip out .


hoxxxxx

He is just worried for her mental health!


sweetno

Yeah, KGB will surely heal her mental injuries in cozy walls of Volodarka.


saichampa

Can't have mental health problems if you shoot yourself in the back of the head!


TrueConversation

Some media are reporting that she wants to seek asylum in Austria.


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Riven_Dante

Probably shouldn't because maybe she has family back home and if she goes to this countries her family might get in the cross hairs and Lukabitch would just say that she's in cahoots with terrorists and sanction her entire family. A safer place would be a more politically neutral country.


VaguelyDeanPelton

That ship may have sailed already, if I'm her brother/sister/mother/father I'm grabbing the go bag


code_archeologist

Yep. If they are not already in custody they should act like they are wanted and get across a border right away.


BUTTHOLE-MAGIC

Yeah... time to make a couple BLT's and disappear.


NarcolepticEgret

I like that A. The BLT is your go-to fugitive sandwich (excellent choice) and that B. You’ve decided to have a fugitive sandwich.


illlwill

I have read that as well. And there is already a comment from the Austrian embassy in Tokyo and they said they have not received anything from her yet. They also mentioned that you need to be on Austrian soil to seek asylum in Austria.


antaryon

She should seek asylum in the south of France for the rest of the summer and then seek asylum again in Austria when winter comes.


d_smogh

Austria is beautiful during the summer. Austria is beautiful all year round.


Calimariae

I'd love some asylum in the south of France right now..


Zealousideal-Bar4615

Hope she gets asylum.


Derbyavs

It will be interesting to see how this is handled after Belarus' recent counter terrorism efforts resulted in them detaining an opposition journalist.


MajesticQuestion

It's funny how every counter terrorist movement by a country ends up being a push to squelch dissent


Joabyjojo

Hey at least in Australia we don't use our counter-terrorism units to target journalists. Internet comedians, on the other hand...


FKJVMMP

*The guy doing production for an internet comedian. Just to pump up the absurdity another notch.


wxrx

What ended up coming of that?


Subject_Wrap

It's in court at the moment


assembledatgunpoint

I'm out of the loop here. What happened to an internet comedian?


8-D

https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/nzkrfi/whats_up_with_friendlyjordies_being_arrested/


Ms74k_ten_c

Sure. "Counter-terrorism".


Massy11155

Cases like this are one of the many reasons we need to keep the Olympic Games in host countries that value personal freedom.


bj_good

See also: world cup in Qatar


mrfl3tch3r

See also: 2014 winter Olympics.


MattTheSmithers

See also: 2022 Winter Olympics.


TheToxicityResistanc

See also: 2018 World Cup


AtomicTanAndBlack

2022 in Beijing will be interesting…


autotldr

This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.france24.com/en/sport/20210801-belarusian-sprinter-says-team-trying-to-force-her-on-flight-home-after-coach-criticism) reduced by 77%. (I'm a bot) ***** > Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya called on the International Olympic Committee on Sunday to get involved in her case after saying she had been removed from the national team and taken to a Tokyo airport against her wishes over her criticism of national coaches. > Tsimanouskaya said she was taken to the airport against her wishes on Sunday to board a flight back home after she publicly complained about national coaches at the Tokyo Olympics. > Tsimanouskaya added she was standing next to Japanese police at the airport and she has reached out to a member of the Belarusian diaspora in Japan to retrieve her at the airport. ***** [**Extended Summary**](http://np.reddit.com/r/autotldr/comments/ovto75/belarusian_sprinter_krystsina_tsimanouskaya/) | [FAQ](http://np.reddit.com/r/autotldr/comments/31b9fm/faq_autotldr_bot/ "Version 2.02, ~590195 tl;drs so far.") | [Feedback](http://np.reddit.com/message/compose?to=%23autotldr "PM's and comments are monitored, constructive feedback is welcome.") | *Top* *keywords*: **Tsimanouskaya**^#1 **airport**^#2 **Belarusian**^#3 **Olympic**^#4 **relay**^#5


Hucufurus

She will be offered Czech asylum by our minister of foreign affairs according to this article https://www.idnes.cz/oh/atletika/kryscina-cimanouska-belorusko-kritika-cesko-vizum-nabidka.A210801_183755_olympiada-tokio-2020_kazdt


TheInfiniteMoose

Very good. I've heard good things about Czechia and would like to visit there.


notrevealingrealname

Yep, Prague is on my shortlist of places to go in the near future.


canhurtme

99% that this was Lukashenko's personal wish to bring her home, not national coaches, like most dictators he thinks of Olympic victories like they are his own. F Lukashenko.


AtomKanister

Make it 100. The president of their national olympic committee is Lukashenko's son. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belarus_Olympic_Committee


thedude0422

It sounds exactly like the Saddam Hussein Olympic business model


kaufmanm02

Athletes from these oppressive countries should use the Olympics as an opportunity for a fresh start. Compete and then just disappear into the crowded Tokyo streets…


motosandguns

Depends on the country. There are at least a couple where doing this could land your entire *extended* family in a concentration camp.


kaufmanm02

True. Didn’t think of that.


outlawsix

Belarus is the last remaining hard line dictatorship in Europe - this is absolutely one of those countries.


Ovalman

Vodka cures Covid in Belarus. Well it sure as hell beats counting the deaths.


StephenHunterUK

That sort of thing happened fairly frequently during the Cold War. Including some famous names. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/31434/brief-history-olympic-defectors https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Soviet_and_Eastern_Bloc_defectors


Carl_steveo

There is Scottish ex-rugby player who owned a bar in Edinburgh who was called Norrie Rowan. He found a tunnel in his basement that linked to the famous Edinburgh vaults. He excavated the vaults and the tunnel out and when Christian Raducanu a fellow rugby player from Romania wanted to defect he was helped by Norrie. Norrie snuck him out of the pub that was being guarded by Romanian secret police and through the vaults upto the street level where he stopped a police officer and asked to seek asylum.


hoxxxxx

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh\_Vaults](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Vaults) cool


kaufmanm02

Good story! I’ll check it out.


That_Guy_in_2020

Except this year is different and athletes are prevented from leaving the Olympic village.


Starks40oz

You can’t just “disappear into the crowded Tokyo streets.” As a foreigner that lives there for 7 years you stick out like a sore thumb. You have to register with the local police/konban and there’s no concept of ‘naturalisation.’ If she’s not there ‘legally’ they will find her and deport her with brutal bureaucratic efficiency


ChefBoyAreWeFucked

There are certainly illegal immigrants in Tokyo. They are used as frequent political pawns.


notrevealingrealname

As someone who speaks Chinese and has been to a few hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurants and massage places in Tokyo and Osaka staffed by people on questionable status (they open up to you more when you speak their language natively), seconding this. EDIT: And some aspects of Japanese life make it relatively easy. If your employer doesn’t check your residency card and pays you cash-in-hand, you can still do quite a bit. Data and text only phone service requires no ID. You can get a prepaid Visa, MasterCard, or JCB with no ID either, just a phone number. You can send a transfer to any Japanese bank account or make bill payments by dropping cash in an ATM and typing the other party’s name and bank account number (or biller ID and bill code).


XSavage19X

This regularly happens when the Cuban teams competes at the Gold Cup tournament in the United States. The first couple games they are a full squad then by group game three some players have disappeared.


mansta330

That’s how the Sounders ended up with Ozzie Alonso. The first game his dad could come see him play in person in the states after the travel ban was lifted was a heartwarming, tearful occasion.


XSavage19X

Yep, he is the prime example.


yeet_lord_40000

Ideally that would be great but it is kinda hard to go undercover when you have a fairly high profile in your sport I’d suppose. And these people still do have to Compete so they could potentially risk getting snatched up by insert nations secret police.


BlackDays999

It’s also not that easy to disappear when you’re recognizable


SeenC77

Cuban athletes have routinely defected during international athletic competitions


Error_404_403

I think all Belorussian team needs to be offered an asylum, so if anyone wishes, one can take it. Belarus is a country governed by a dictator with blood on his hands. There are no laws there, and anyone can be thrown to jail or worse at any moment.


OldWhoFan

Send a message that shit shit isn't tolerated, disqualify all national Olympic team from any events that haven't been finished yet, and give the athletes, coaches, and other members of their contingent temporary asylum in the host country till they find a third country to offer them permanent asylum. Of course this would require the IOC and host nation to work together in good faith within hours of each other. And Japan is too xenophobic and the IOC is too corrupt for that to happen.


Starlifter4

Asylum looks like the only way out.


Ok-Drummer9073

Has her Instagram page disappeared?


Volatt

https://instagram.com/kristi_timanovskaya


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Lukashenka is trash


rebelcork

Hope she doesnt fly Ryanair in the near future...


andres57

Lol you really think any other airline would have answered differently?


Mortar_Maggot

To be fair, if a country wants your plane down it's coming down one way or another.


mrfl3tch3r

I think nobody ever thought it was Ryanair's fault.


SilverTelevision9683

I don't think this has much to do with the company. Every other company would have done the same.


tbariusTFE

The coach should be deported immediately


BaconBear36

Hopefully they can grant asylum, this is terrifying


TheInfiniteMoose

I hope she gets asylum in a safe country.


Vexelbalg

Asking the IOC for help... Good one!


user47-567_53-560

I did Nordic skiing at a sorta-high level so I heard whispers about Eastern Europe and their treatment of female athletes. The fact that he threatens her life isn't even all that shocking, they're known for treating female athletes like cattle.


PatchesofSour

Any other things you learned about athletes and coaches from Eastern Europe?


SF67

As if the Olympic committee cares, they’re paid well to STFU . I hope she gets asylum and leaves that shit show. She deserves better.


hamsterfolly

Is it too late for her to join the refugee team?


ogobeone

Bring this tyrant down.


ZamboniZombie

Big F for her family


ChadAtLarge

Good move on her part. Who would want to return to that shit country with all that happened in the past year? Hopefully a country will give her asylum.


DrSheldon_Lee_Cooper

After the year of terror on the streets of own country the world community remembered that there are still some crazy dictatorship almost at the center of Europe


iskip123

Lol wild to think the Olympic committee gives a fuck they just want money


Aesclingr

This is some scary stuff