Six members of the Polish swimming Olympic squad have been forced to go home due to an administrative error, causing anger and disgust amongst the athletes.
The year long delayed Olympics is officially opened this Friday, but Poland’s squad has been dealt with a major blow.
In a bizarre miscalculation, six hopeful athletes who were part of their 23-person swim team had no choice but to pack their bags and head home.
Various reports have identified the six competitors who were meant to be vying for gold in Tokyo as Alicja Tchorz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polanska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska and Jan Holub.
The president of the Poland swimming federation (PZP) was extremely apologetic over the situation and completely understood the anger and frustration of the six athletes.
“I express great remorse, sadness and discontent about 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 secured any medal in swimming was all the way back in 2004 during the Athens Olympics.
Otylia Jędrzejczak secured gold in the 200m Women’s butterfly as well as two more silver medals in the 400m freestyle and the 100m butterfly.
One of the six athletes who were hoping to repeat Jędrzejczak’s achievements from 2004 but have sadly been sent home is Tchorz,
“Imagine dedicating five years of your life and striving for another start at the most important sporting event … giving up your private life and work, sacrificing your family … your dedication results in a total flop,” she said on Facebook.
Teammate Chowaniec added on Instagram: “I’m deeply shocked by what happened. This is an absurd situation for me that should never have happened.”
He added: “I hope to wake up from this nightmare eventually.”