AIU filed charges against Belarusian coach Moisevich in the case of track and field athlete Timanovskaya
MOSCOW, 19 Jan – The disciplinary body of the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged the head coach of the Belarusian athletics team Yuri Moisevich for violating the code of ethics against runner Kristina Timanovskaya at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the AIU official website reports.
Coaches Moisevich and Artur Shumak were stripped of their accreditation at the Tokyo Games and expelled from the Olympic Village because of the situation with Timanovskaya. The case was referred to the AIU by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Athletics Association (World Athletics) on September 30, 2021. Shumak was not charged.
The AIU concluded that Moisevich acted in bad faith, did not protect the honor and dignity of the athlete, his actions were a verbal and psychological insult. Also, the coach damaged the reputation of athletics.
Timanovskaya was supposed to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in the 100 and 200 meters. But after two Belarusian athletes were suspended from participating in the 4×400 meters relay due to the lack of the required number of doping tests, the coaches decided to use Timanovskaya in this race. The runner on social networks criticized this decision. She stated that the management is trying to correct its poor-quality work at the expense of the athletes.
After that, the Olympic Committee of Belarus announced that Timanovskaya stopped participating in the Games “on the conclusion of doctors, in connection with the emotional and psychological state.” The athlete claimed that they tried to force her out of Japan and asked for asylum in Europe. Since then, she has been living in another country.