A Belarusian athlete who refused orders to fly home early from the Olympics has left Japan.
Krystina Timanovskaya, 24, boarded a flight to Vienna earlier today.
She had been expected to travel directly to Warsaw as Poland has granted her a humanitarian visa, but changed destination at the last minute, an airport official told reporters.
She told the BBC her actions were not a political protest: “I love my country and I didn’t betray my country. This is about the mistakes that have been made by our officials at the Olympics.”
The athlete voiced fears for her safety after she was forced to pack her belongings and driven to Tokyo’s Haneda airport last week, after criticising her coaches.
She was given police protection before being moved to the Polish embassy in Tokyo, where she stayed until travelling to Narita airport.
Belarus says she was removed from the national team because of her emotional state.