The International Olympic Committee (IOC) spoke about the possible imposition of sanctions against the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Belarus because of the situation of a track and field athlete from Belarus, Kristina Timanouskaya.
According to the official representative of the IOC, Mark Adams, the organization is studying the situation related to Timanouskaya. It will not apply sanctions against the NOC of Belarus until it receives a full picture of this case. “The main thing that we had to do was to make sure that everything was fine with her, ask what she needed, find out who was with her, what happened,” he said.
Adams stressed that first the IOC needs to get a complete picture of what is happening. “A kidnapping? She talked to the police at the airport. If there is a criminal connotation in this case, then this is a police matter,” the committee representative said.
In addition, the committee has requested a full report from the Belarusian NOC. After receiving it, the IOC will begin to study this issue for “whether any actions should be taken.” “So we need to see what they say before any action,” Adams concluded.