Six members of the Polish Olympic swimming team were forced to return home due to an administrative error, causing anger and disgust among athletes.
The one-year-delayed Olympics officially opened on Friday, but the Polish team suffered a heavy blow.
In a bizarre miscalculation, six hopeful athletes who were part of their 23-person swim team were left with no choice but to pack their bags and return home.
Various reports identified the six competitors who were to compete for gold in Tokyo as Alicja Tchorz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polanska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska and Jan Holub.
The President of the Polish Swimming Federation (PZP) apologized extremely for the situation and fully understood the anger and frustration of the six athletes.
“I express a lot of remorse, sadness and dissatisfaction with the situation related to the qualification of our swimmers for the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Slominski said in an official statement.
The last time Poland won a medal in swimming was in 2004, during the Olympic Games in Athens.
Otylia Jędrzejczak won gold in the women’s 200m butterfly as well as two other silver medals in the 400m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
One of the six athletes who hoped to repeat Jędrzejczak’s exploits of 2004 but who were unfortunately sent home is Tchorz,
“Imagine dedicating five years of your life and fighting for another start at the most important sporting event… giving up your privacy and your job, sacrificing your family… your dedication ends in total failure,” she said. declared on Facebook.
His teammate Chowaniec added on Instagram: “I am deeply shocked by what has happened. This is an absurd situation for me that should never have happened.
He added: “I hope to wake up from this nightmare eventually.”