The 17-year-old cross-country skier was stripped of her International Ski Federation (FIS) code — which is required for athletes to compete in events run by the governing body — back in December. It followed a decision from the Belarus Cross-Country Skiing Federation, according to Reuters.
CNN has reached out to FIS, the Belarus Ski Union, and the Belarus Cross-Country Skiing Federation for comment on Dolidovich’s case.
Darya confirmed that her family had relocated to Poland during a video interview with Reuters Wednesday.
“I couldn’t have imagined, even in a nightmare, that I would end up leaving my country three-four months ago. It feels like tomorrow I’ll take the plane or car back,” the teenager said.
“I had planned to finish school in Belarus, but my parents said that we were moving. I think it’s for the best for my father as well. I’m upset, of course,” she continued.
Sergei told Reuters the family had been targeted over their political views, and that his daughter’s right to compete had been taken away.
“Darya has been stripped of her right to do sports or take part in competitions. I don’t see the possibility of her continuing her career in Belarus. It all happened due to such made-up reasons. I see no chance for her to continue doing what she loves and make her dream come true,” he said.
Dolidovich is one of several Belarusian athletes who have banned from competing or forced to flee the country in the last year, due to their criticism of sporting authorities or President Lukashenko’s regime.