The silver medal of Belarusian track and field athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya from the Second European Games 2019 has been sold at an eBay auction for $21 thousand.
“That competition was significant for me. It was held at home. A lot of people, family, and friends came to cheer for me. I remember, when I was running the relay, and I began to run out of strength, and there were about 80 meters to the finish, I heard that the stadium just exploded from how loudly people were cheering for me. The people’s support gave me a second wind, which helped me run as hard as possible to the finish line. I even remember crying after the finish line because it was the first time I had experienced such emotions while running. At that moment, I felt as one with all the fans. They say that sport is what unites us for a reason!” said the runner before the start of the auction.
The money will be transferred to the Belarusian Foundation for Sports Solidarity.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is a Belarusian track and field athlete who was withdrawn from the 200 meters at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 for criticizing Belarusian sports officials. She also came under pressure from state propaganda, after which they wanted to remove her from Tokyo to Belarus forcibly.