By VANESSA GERA Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland (AP) – After all the turmoil of the past week, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya finally feels safe.
The Belarusian Olympic sprinter who took refuge in Poland to avoid being punished at home after criticizing team officials at the Tokyo Games says she now hopes to focus on how to maintain a running career. world class.
Speaking in an interview with the Associated Press at the Olympic Center in Warsaw on Wednesday, the 24-year-old said she had previously asked Polish authorities to help her resume training.
“Life changed in a day, and now we are starting it from scratch in a new country,” she said, speaking to her husband, Arseni Zdanevich, at her side. “We plan to stay in Poland and continue our career here. “
“We turned to the Ministry of Sports, to the Polish national athletics team, with issues regarding a coach, a group and a place where I can train and many other issues regarding the pursuit of my sports career here in Poland, ”she said. noted.
She pointed out that she and her 25-year-old husband, an athletics trainer who has also been her coach, feel it would be a waste to abandon an online training program they started in Belarus.
“We had so many ideas, we planned them down to the smallest detail,” Tsimanouskaya said. “We have put a lot of time and effort into it and we would like to see it continue.”