In total, Poland flew 23 swimmers to Japan, but PZP had to unhook six athletes due to the qualification rules applied by the World Swimming Federation (FINA).
PZP President Pawel Slominski apologized and assured that he understood the athletes’ anger.
“I am very sorry, I feel sad and upset about this situation related to the qualification of our swimmers for the Tokyo Games,” P. Slominskis is quoted in the report. “This situation could not have happened, the reactions of the swimmers and the attacks of the Polish Swimming Federation are understandable.”
The Polish swimming head said the mistake had crept in the decision to include as many athletes and coaches as possible in the Olympic team.
Polish media report that Alicja Tchorz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polanska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska and Jan Holub were sent back home.
Several of these swimmers have already spoken out on social networks, and eventually a public letter has been sent to PZP demanding the resignation of the current government.