Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Immigration at the Olympics: Poland Grants Visa to Belarus Olympian


ImmigrationProf has blogged on immigration stories from to the Tokyo Olympics, including the exploits of Gold Medal winner Suni Lee, the first Hmong American to compete in the Olympics, and the Refugee Olympic Team.

Graham Dunbar for Time reports on a different type of immigration story.  On Monday, Poland granted a visa to a Belarusian Olympic sprinter who said she feared for her safety and that her team’s officials tried to force her to fly home. A group that is helping athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya told The Associated Press that it bought her a plane ticket to Warsaw. The current standoff began after Tsimanouskaya criticized how officials were managing her team — setting off a backlash in state-run media back home. The runner said on her Instagram account that she was put in the 4×400 relay even though she has never raced in the event.

Tsimanouskaya was slated to fly to Poland today.  Security concerns reportedly resulted in her taking a flight to Austria.


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