FILE PHOTO: Tokyo Aquatics Centre, which can host inventive swimming, diving, and swimming occasions on the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic video games, is seen because the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) continues, after the grand opening ceremony in Tokyo, Japan October 24, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato
July 20, 2021
(Reuters) – The president of Poland’s swimming federation (PZP) has apologised after six athletes had been despatched house from the Tokyo Video games as a consequence of an administrative error.
Poland had despatched 23 swimmers to Japan however the PZP was compelled to chop the squad all the way down to 17 based mostly on world governing physique FINA’s qualifying guidelines.
PZP President Pawel Slominski apologised and mentioned he absolutely understood the anger of the swimmers who returned house over the weekend.
“I categorical nice remorse, disappointment and bitterness concerning the scenario associated to the qualification of our swimmers for the Olympic Video games in Tokyo,” Slominski mentioned in an announcement http://www.polswim.pl/websites/default/recordsdata/oswiadczenie_prezesa_pzp.pdf.
“Such a scenario mustn’t happen, and the response of the swimmers, their feelings, the assault on the Polish Swimming Federation is comprehensible to me and justified.”
He mentioned the error was as a result of “want to permit as many gamers and coaches as attainable to participate within the Video games”.
Media reviews recognized the six swimmers as Alicja Tchorz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polanska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska and Jan Holub.
Tchorz, who competed on the 2012 and 2016 Video games, expressed her anger on social media.
“Think about dedicating 5 years of your life and striving for one more begin at a very powerful sporting occasion … giving up your non-public life and work, sacrificing your loved ones … your dedication leads to a complete flop,” she mentioned on Fb.
Chowaniec added on Instagram: “I’m deeply shocked by what occurred… that is an absurd scenario for me that ought to by no means have occurred. Actually, I hope to get up from this nightmare finally.”
Swimming information web site SwimSwam reported a number of Polish swimmers had signed an open letter to the PZP searching for the resignation of the organisation’s complete board.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)