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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Poland grants visa to Belarus athlete seeking asylum

Polish official confirms first Tokyo Olympics defection

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya talks with police officers at Haneda international airport in Tokyo on Sunday.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A Belarusian athlete at the Tokyo Olympic Games has been granted a "humanitarian visa" by Poland, a senior official of the European country tweeted on Monday, after she expressed her desire to defect and entered the Polish embassy.

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