“We called on the Europeans, Americans and everyone in Ukraine for help. We warned that Lukashenko was very dangerous.
“It’s as if this never happened… No difference is being made between those who support Lukashenko and those who fought against him.”
The foundation has backed the decision to ban Belarusian athletes but says it supports efforts by those who voiced opposition to Lukashenko to compete independently.
It is also determined to fight discrimination against Belarusians now that their country is viewed an “aggressor” by the public in many Western countries, Herasimenia said.
‘FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM’
Herasimenia heads the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, a group that supports athletes who have been jailed or otherwise punished for their political views. These include Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, a sprinter who defected at the Tokyo Olympics last year after being removed from the Games against her will by coaches.metasports
“Those who left were the best of Belarusian society, those who were against what happened after the election, those who spoke out against the violence and expressed their position.”