Athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who mentioned the Belarus workforce tried to forcibly fly her residence from the Tokyo Olympics and has since sought refuge in Poland, has offered a medal of hers for $21,000, a sports activities NGO mentioned.
“The medal has now been sold and paid for by a buyer from the US with a very solid track record of transactions on eBay,” the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation (BSSF) mentioned on its Telegram.
BSSF — an organisation that helps opposition athletes — mentioned Tsimanouskaya’s silver medal from the 2019 European Games attracted a “a lot of interest” from collectors and patrons of artwork.
“I didn’t expect that it would be bought for such a sum,” 24-year-old Tsimanouskaya mentioned as quoted by BSSF, including that she was “very happy”.
The sprinter mentioned she plans to donate the cash in direction of serving to athletes like herself who’ve “suffered”.
Earlier this month, Tsimanouskaya discovered herself within the worldwide highlight after she claimed her workforce was forcing her to go away the Olympic Games in Tokyo early and return to authoritarian Belarus.
The runner spent the night time in an airport lodge after in search of safety with Tokyo 2020 officers to keep away from getting on a airplane. She later defected to Poland.
The uproar erupted after the athlete had criticised the Belarusian athletics federation for getting into her right into a relay race with out giving her discover.
Two Belarusian coaches have been stripped of their Olympic accreditation over the incident, which Belarus’s strongman chief Alexander Lukashenko denied.
BSSF was based final August by retired Belarusian swimmer Aliaksandra Herasimenia, as protests erupted after Lukashenko’s disputed re-election for a sixth time period.
Herasimenia — who now lives in exile in Lithuania — offered her 2012 world championship gold medal to lift funds for the muse.
It offers monetary and authorized help to athletes focused by the authorities after calling for an finish to the violent police crackdown on demonstrators.
Belarus has been slapped with a slew of Western sanctions over the dealing with of the protest and human rights violations however retains the help of ally and creditor Russia.
The turmoil has led to Belarus being stripped of internet hosting this 12 months’s ice hockey world championship and a ban on Lukashenko attending Olympic occasions.