Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Belarusian coach charged after 2020 Olympics defection scandal


On Thursday morning, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) laid costs towards Belarusian coach Yury Maisevich for his remedy of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who defected to Poland throughout the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Someday earlier than Tsimanouskaya was attributable to compete within the ladies’s 200m on the Tokyo Olympics, she accused officers from the Belarus Olympic Committee of forcing her to compete within the 4x400m relay with out her consent. She complained in regards to the state of affairs in a video on social media, which led to criticism by the Belarus media, which claimed she lacked staff spirit.

She was pressured to overlook her 200m race due to the incident. The following day she was taken to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and despatched residence, however she refused to board the flight again to Belarus.

The nationwide staff coach, Maisevich, and Belarusian Olympic official Artur Shumak each had their accreditation revoked by the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) after Tsimanouskaya claimed she was taken to the airport towards her will. She sought assist from the police in Japan; two weeks later, Tsimanouskaya, 26, obtained a humanitarian visa to Poland and protected passage to the nation, which borders Belarus. She later grew to become a Polish citizen, and is presently learning on the Józef Piłsudski College of Bodily Training in Warsaw.

IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: IOC/Christophe Moratal

In Sept. 2021,  IOC and World Athletics referred the matter to the AIU, charging Maisevich with breaching requirements outlined within the Integrity Code of Conduct.

The AIU is an unbiased physique created by World Athletics to handle all integrity points (each doping-related and non-doping-related) for the game of athletics.

The top of the AIU, Brett Clothier, defined in a press launch: “An essential function of the AIU is to safeguard athletes and shield them from harassment.”

The AIU alleges that, with respect to the circumstances of Tsimanouskaya’s elimination from the Olympics,  “Maisevich didn’t act with integrity and acted in dangerous religion; did not safeguard the athlete’s dignity and his actions constituted verbal and psychological harassment; and that he introduced athletics usually into disrepute.”

The AIU has not revealed the specifics of the cost and the implications for Maisevich’s future within the sport are usually not clear.


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