The official representative of the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, said that everyone who intends to apply for refugee status should have such an opportunity. вЂњNo one should be forced to return home under the threat of the use of force,вЂќ he added.
This is how the UN reacted to the incident with the Belarusian athlete Kristina Timanovskaya in Tokyo. Dujarric noted that the Japanese authorities did everything to protect her.
Earlier, Timanovskaya, who runs short distances, was outraged in social networks that the coaches decided to put her on the 4Г—400 relay. After that, it was decided to send the girl to Belarus вЂњdue to her emotional and psychological state.вЂќ The Belarusian diaspora in Tokyo blocked the airport, not allowing her to be taken away. Later, a representative of the All-Japan Refugee Lawyers Association arrived at the airport. After a while, Timanovskaya was sent to a safe place, where, according to an IOC representative, she spent the night. The athlete requested political asylum in Poland, and the Czech Republic also offered to grant her asylum.