“The IOC … is wanting into the scenario and has requested the NOC for clarification,” it mentioned in an announcement.
A spokeswoman for the Belarus Olympic crew didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Many critics of Belarus’ authorities have fled to Poland. A prime Belarusian dissident within the nation, Pavel Latushka, mentioned Tsimanouskaya and people supporting her had sought help from numerous European governments, however Poland was the quickest to reply.
Marcin Przydacz, one of many nation’s deputy international ministers, mentioned on Twitter that along with granting the humanitarian visa, Poland would additionally assist the runner to proceed her sports activities profession. “Poland at all times stands for Solidarity,” he mentioned.
A number of hours after she entered the Polish embassy, Tsimanouskaya was nonetheless believed to be inside.
Czech Overseas Minister Jakub Kulhanek additionally tweeted that the Czech Republic has provided her asylum.
The Belarus Nationwide Olympic Committee has been led for greater than 25 years by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko and his son, Viktor.
Each Lukashenkos are banned from the Tokyo Olympics by the IOC, which investigated complaints from athletes that they confronted reprisals and intimidation in the course of the crackdown following the wave of anti-government protests over the past yr.