EFEVienna/Tokyo

Belarusian Olympian Krystsina Tsymanouskaya on Wednesday boarded a flight from Tokyo to Vienna, instead of to Warsaw as expected, the Austrian foreign ministry confirmed to national news agency APA.

The 24-year-old sprinter on Sunday sought protection from police at Haneda Airport after, she said, team officials removed her from Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and transferred her to the airport to be sent back to Belarus against her will.

She sought diplomatic protection in the Polish embassy and was offered a humanitarian visa for the country. The athlete was expected to fly to Warsaw on Wednesday, but the change of destination occurred at the last minute for security reasons, according to Austrian public radio ORF.

Tsymanouskaya embarked on her trip back to Europe on an Austrian Airlines flight to Schwechat-Vienna International Airport, which was scheduled to land Wednesday afternoon.