Polish government assure political refugee status to Krystsina: What you need to know
Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has been guaranteed a visa on humanitarian grounds by the Polish government as a political refugee status. She applied for the visa after sports officials from her home nation attempted to repatriate her against her will.
The confirmation that she was given a visa by Polish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcin Przydacz and same published on Twitter.
The Belarusian government has yet to react to the Polish government decision.
The incident has again focused attention on Belarus which has been ruled by President Alexander Lukashenko since 1994. Last year, nationwide protests over his disputed re-election were violently repressed by the security forces.