A Belarusian sprinter voiced fears for her safety as she refused an order to fly home early from the Olympics for criticising her coaches.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya says she was forced to pack before being taken to the airport in Tokyo against her will.
The 24-year-old says she sought police protection at the terminal so she would not have to board the flight.
The sprinter, who was due to compete in the women’s 200m event today, had complained on social media about being entered into another race at short notice.
She says she was “put under pressure” by team officials to return home and asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for help.
The IOC said it was seeking clarification from Belarussian officials – who earlier said she was taken off the team because of her “emotional and psychological condition”.
In a later message, the IOC said it had spoken to Tsimanouskaya.
It said, “She has told us she feels safe.”
The flight took off without Tsimanouskaya on board.
The Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation’s Anatol Kotau told the BBC, she is now “safe” and in police protection.
Earlier Tsimanouskaya told radio station European Radio for Belarus she was afraid to return to her country.