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Swimmer despatched dwelling from Tokyo prematurely after an Olympic mistake by the nationwide affiliation

Six swimmers selected to represent Poland at the Tokyo Olympics returned home prematurely after their country’s national federation accidentally selected too many athletes.

The Polish Swimming Federation has selected 23 swimmers to compete in the games delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, which officially begin on Friday. But only 17 were actually eligible under the qualifying standards, reported several media outlets.

“Imagine you dedicate five years of your life and strive for a new start at the most important sporting event, give up your private life and your work, sacrifice your family and your commitment leads to a total flop,” said two-time Olympian Alicja Tchorz, one sent home by the swimmers wrote on Facebook.

“I am deeply shocked by what happened,” wrote Mateusz Chowaniec, who was also sent back to Poland, on Instagram. “For me this is an absurd situation that should never have happened. In fact, I hope to wake up from this nightmare at some point. “

Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polańska, Dominika Kossakowska and Jan Hołub have also been removed from the team, SwimSwam.com reported.

The swimmers signed an open letter asking the board of the Polish Swimming Federation to resign.

Association President Pawel Slominski apologized for the mistake, claiming that the association wanted “as many players and coaches as possible to take part in the games”.

“I express great regret, sadness and bitterness about the situation,” Slominski said in a statement. “Such a situation should not take place, and the swimmers’ reactions, their emotions, the attack on the Polish Swimming Association are understandable and justified for me.”

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