Poland error forces 6 swimmers to leave Tokyo Olympics in 'nightmare' situation

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'Regret and bitterness' as six Polish swimmers sent home from Tokyo after admin blunder

Irish Examiner 20 July, 2021 - 08:21pm

The president of Poland's swimming federation (PZP) has apologised after six athletes were sent home from the Tokyo Games due to an administrative error.

Poland had sent 23 swimmers to Japan but the PZP was forced to cut the squad down to 17 based on world governing body FINA's qualifying rules.

PZP President Pawel Slominski apologised and said he fully understood the anger of the swimmers who returned home over the weekend.

"I express great regret, sadness and bitterness about the situation related to the qualification of our swimmers for the Olympic Games in Tokyo," Slominski said in a statement.

"Such a situation should not take place, and the reaction of the swimmers, their emotions, the attack on the Polish Swimming Federation is understandable to me and justified."

He said the error was due to the "desire to allow as many players and coaches as possible to take part in the Games".

Media reports identified the six swimmers as Alicja Tchorz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polanska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska and Jan Holub.

Tchorz, who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Games, expressed her anger on social media.

"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.

Chowaniec added on Instagram: "I'm deeply shocked by what happened... this is an absurd situation for me that should never have happened. In fact, I hope to wake up from this nightmare eventually."

Swimming news website SwimSwam reported several Polish swimmers had signed an open letter to the PZP seeking the resignation of the organisation's entire board.

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Reuters 20 July, 2021 - 03:00pm

Six Polish swimmers were sent home from the Olympics because of an admin error - the federation had put down too many competitors. They found out in Tokyo their names weren't on the list. Lucy Fielder has more.

Poland swimmers outraged after being sent home from Tokyo Olympics due to country's error

Yahoo Sports 20 July, 2021 - 08:20am

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

Poland picked 23 swimmers but had to trim its team to 17 to comply with qualifying rules for FINA, the international federation for water sports.

Alicja Tchorz, an Olympian at the 2012 London Games and 2016 Rio Games, ranted over Facebook about Poland's error.

"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 and your dedication results in a total flop," she wrote on Facebook.

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Polish Swimming Federation (PZP) president Pawel Slominski issued an apology and was understanding of the outrage by swimmers on the country's national team.

"I express great regret, sadness and bitterness about the situation," Slominski said in a statement. "Such a situation should not take place, and the reaction of the swimmers, their emotions, the attack on the Polish Swimming Federation is understandable to me and justified."

Slominski noted the motive behind sending 23 swimmers inadvertently was a "desire to allow as many players and coaches as possible to take part in the Games."

But athletes weren't having it and are demanding accountability. Many members of the Poland swimming team signed an open letter to the Polish Swimming Federation calling for the board to resign.

Mateusz Chowaniec was another swimmer of the six sent home. He wrote on Instagram: "I'm deeply shocked by what happened. This is an absurd situation for me that should never have happened. In fact, I hope to wake up from this nightmare eventually."

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Swimmers return from Tokyo after admin error

ESPN 20 July, 2021 - 05:28am

The president of Poland's swimming federation (PZP) has apologised after six athletes were sent home from the Tokyo Games due to an administrative error.

Poland had sent 23 swimmers to Japan but the PZP was forced to cut the squad down to 17 based on world governing body FINA's qualifying rules.

PZP President Pawel Slominski apologised and said he fully understood the anger of the swimmers who returned home over the weekend.

"I express great regret, sadness and bitterness about the situation related to the qualification of our swimmers for the Olympic Games in Tokyo," Slominski said in a statement.

"Such a situation should not take place, and the reaction of the swimmers, their emotions, the attack on the Polish Swimming Federation is understandable to me and justified."

He said the error was due to the "desire to allow as many players and coaches as possible to take part in the Games."

Media reports identified the six swimmers as Alicja Tchorz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polanska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska and Jan Holub.

Tchorz, who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Games, expressed her anger on social media.

"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.

Chowaniec added on Instagram: "I'm deeply shocked by what happened... this is an absurd situation for me that should never have happened. In fact, I hope to wake up from this nightmare eventually."

Several Polish swimmers have signed an open letter to the PZP seeking the resignation of the organisation's entire board.

Olympics-Swimming-Six Polish swimmers sent home from Japan after admin blunder

Yahoo Sports 20 July, 2021 - 12:45am

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

(Reuters) - The president of Poland's swimming federation (PZP) has apologised after six athletes were sent home from the Tokyo Games due to an administrative error. 

  Poland had sent 23 swimmers to Japan but the PZP was forced to cut the squad down to 17 based on world governing body FINA's qualifying rules. 

  PZP President Pawel Slominski apologised and said he fully understood the anger of the swimmers who returned home over the weekend. 

  "I express great regret, sadness and bitterness about the situation related to the qualification of our swimmers for the Olympic Games in Tokyo," Slominski said in a statement http://www.polswim.pl/sites/default/files/oswiadczenie_prezesa_pzp.pdf. 

  "Such a situation should not take place, and the reaction of the swimmers, their emotions, the attack on the Polish Swimming Federation is understandable to me and justified." 

  He said the error was due to the "desire to allow as many players and coaches as possible to take part in the Games". 

  Media reports identified the six swimmers as Alicja Tchorz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polanska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska and Jan Holub. 

  Tchorz, who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Games, expressed her anger on social media. 

  "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. 

  Chowaniec added on Instagram: "I'm deeply shocked by what happened... this is an absurd situation for me that should never have happened. In fact, I hope to wake up from this nightmare eventually." 

  Swimming news website SwimSwam reported several Polish swimmers had signed an open letter to the PZP seeking the resignation of the organisation's entire board. 

  (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford) 

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6 Olympic swimmers had to be sent home after an 'absurd' admin error led to them accidentally being taken to Tokyo

Insider 20 July, 2021 - 12:00am

Alicja Tchorz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polanska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska, and Jan Holub had all been named as relay-only swimmers in Poland's 23-strong team for the Games.

But upon arrival to Japan, they were almost immediately sent home.

A statement from the Polish Swimming Federation (PZP) stated that an error had resulted in too many swimmers being named in its squad, which subsequently had to be cut down to 17 based on world governing body FINA's qualifying rules.

Tchorz, who previously represented Poland at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, expressed her anger at the mistake on social media.

"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 and your dedication results in a total flop," she said.

Chowaniec, another of those sent home, 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."

Both Tchorz and Chowaniec, as well as the majority of the Poland swimming team, also posted a joint letter to the PZP calling for the board to resign.

PZP president Pawel Slominski has apologized for the incident and said he understood the anger of those who were sent home.

"I express great regret, sadness and bitterness about the situation related to the qualification of our swimmers for the Olympic Games in Tokyo," he said.

"Such a situation should not take place, and the reaction of the swimmers, their emotions, the attack on the Polish Swimming Federation is understandable to me and justified."

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