Olympics-Japan Foreign Minister Motegi: Belarus athlete is in safe situation

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FILE PHOTO: Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi takes part in a trilateral meeting with USA and South Korea on the sidelines of the G7 foreign ministers meeting in London, Britain May 5, 2021. Ben Stansall/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who took refuge in the Polish embassy after refusing her team's orders to fly home from the Olympic Games, is in a "safe situation".

"We, in cooperation with relevant parties, are trying to keep her safe ... She is now in a safe situation," Motegi told a regular news conference.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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