TOKYO – Six Polish swimmers were sent home after the Olympics this week after the country’s swimming federation arrived in Japan with too many competitors.
Poland initially selected 23 swimmers for the Tokyo Games, but had to narrow their list to 17 based on world swimming qualifying rules. As the team had already arrived in Japan, that meant the disqualified swimmers – who had been feted on departure and had taken the Olympic oath – had to return to Warsaw on Sunday, just days before the opening ceremony.
One of the swimmers, Alicja Tchorz, expressed her indignation at the fiasco in a Facebook post and called for the resignation of the federation leadership.
“Imagine dedicating 5 years of your life and fighting for another start at the most important sporting event,” wrote Tchorz, who swam for Poland at the 2012 and 2016 Games. , sacrifice his family, etc. “