The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged Belarusian coach Yury Maisevich for for alleged breaches of the World Athletics’ Integrity Code of Conduct regarding the withdrawal of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in August 2021.
Maisevich, who was the Belarus’ athletics head coach in Tokyo, has been charged with committing breaches of the following Integrity Standards in the Integrity Code of Conduct: Honesty (Rule 3.3.1), Dignity (Rule 3.3.10) and Protect Reputation (Rule 3.3.17).
The AIU has charged Yury Maisevich of Belarus for alleged breaches of the World Athletics’ Integrity Code of Conduct regarding the withdrawal of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in August 2021.
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Tsimanouskaya was ordered to fly home after criticizing coaches for entering her in the 4x400m relay without her knowledge and was taken to the airport in Tokyo before she could run in her chosen 200m event.
Moisevich and team official Artur Shumak who has not been charged, were then kicked out of the Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), days after they ordered Tsimanouskaya to pack her bags and go to the airport.
The AIU alleges that, in respect of these circumstances of Tsimanouskaya’s removal from the Olympic Games, Maisevich did not act with integrity and acted in bad faith; failed to safeguard the athlete’s dignity and his actions constituted verbal and mental harassment; and that he brought athletics generally into disrepute.
“An important role of the AIU is to safeguard athletes and protect them from harassment. The AIU has investigated this matter thoroughly and considers there is a case to answer for a breach of the Integrity Code of Conduct,” said AIU Head Brett Clothier.
The case was then referred to the AIU by the IOC and World Athletics (WA) on 30 September 2021 and his accreditation revoked.