Six Polish swimmers have needed to return home from the Tokyo Olympics as a consequence of an administrative error by the Polish Swimming Federation (PZP).
“I would like to express my great regret, sadness, and bitterness at the situation,” PZP director Pawel Slominski mentioned in a press release launched Monday.
Alicja Tchórz, Aleksandra Polańska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska, Jan Hołub and Bartosz Piszczorowicz, who had been pressured to return from Tokyo, referred to as for the group’s total board to resign instantly over the incident in an open letter addressed to the PZP director Slominski.
The open letter issued Sunday was signed by 16 different Polish swimmers and accused the PZP of not understanding FINA’s laws.
“Recent incidents have destroyed the trust,” Polish swimmers, who returned home on Sunday, mentioned within the open letter.
“Several of us had to come back to Poland because of the neglect, and our dream of becoming Olympians have been taken away from us,” they added.
In this April 26, 2021, file photograph, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing employees put together a swimming take a look at occasion on the Tokyo Aquatics Center, one of many venues of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo.
The unique Polish workforce comprised 23 members who traveled to Tokyo to participate within the Olympic Games.
“The actions of the Association led to an unprecedented event in the history of Polish sport,” the letter reads.
“In addition, Polish swimming – both in the eyes of the public and potential sponsors – has been exposed as a laughingstock, and it will have a glaring effect on all competitors who compete in the white and red colors on a daily basis,” the letter provides.
Poland’s Culture and Sports Ministry urged the PZP president “to immediately submit explanations” over the incident, in response to a press release printed by the federal government physique on Monday.
The ministry will analyze, and penalties are coming after video games, the assertion mentioned.