Attempting to compel an athlete to quit the Tokyo Olympics, two Belarusian coaches lost their Olympic accreditations.
Artur Shimak and Yury Maisevich have left the Olympic Village, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). An investigation has begun. Krystina Timanovskaya's storey gained international notice after she defied her team's directives to return home. She's currently in Poland, where she was granted a humanitarian visa.
Belarus, which has been ruled by autocratic President Alexander Lukashenko since 1994, has once again been thrust into the spotlight. Last year, security forces violently suppressed widespread protests over his dubious re-election. Ms Timanovskaya was reportedly pulled from the national squad due to her emotional state, according to Belarus. However, the 24-year-old denies this, claiming that she was dismissed because she posted on Instagram about her instructors' "negligence."
Thousands of people were arrested during last year's major protests in Belarus, which saw security forces deploy violence to break up the gatherings. Some of the demonstrators were national-level athletes who were later denied financing, removed from national teams, and arrested.