TOKYO - Exterior of the Polish embassy where Belarusian sprinter is staying.

TOKYO - Exterior of the Polish embassy in Tokyo where Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is staying.

A Belarusian Olympian who refused her team's order to fly home early is safe after seeking protection from Japanese police, Games officials have said.

Sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, 24, spent the night in a hotel at Tokyo's Haneda airport. She says she was forcibly taken to the airport on Sunday for criticising coaches.

Belarus says she was removed from the team because of her emotional state.

The Czech Republic and Poland have offered the athlete a visa.

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