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After An Olympic-sized Blunder, Swimmers Were Sent Home Early From Tokyo.
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After An Olympic-sized Blunder, Swimmers Were Sent Home Early From Tokyo.


Six swimmers chosen to represent Poland at the Tokyo Olympics were forced to return home early after their national federation mistakenly selected too many athletes.

The Polish Swimming Federation chose 23 swimmers to compete in the coronavirus pandemic-delayed games, which start on Friday, but only 17 were actually eligible under qualifying standards, according to multiple media outlets.

“Imagine devoting five years of your life to 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,” two-time Olympian Alicja Tchorz, one of the swimmers sent home, wrote on Facebook.

“I’m deeply shocked by what happened,” Mateusz Chowaniec, who was also deported to Poland, wrote on Instagram. “This is an absurd situation for me that should never have happened, and I hope to wake up from this nightmare eventually.”

According to SwimSwam.com, the team also lost Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polaska, Dominika Kossakowska, and Jan Houb.

The swimmers signed an open letter urging the Polish Swimming Federation's board of directors to resign.

Pawel Slominski, President of the Federation, apologized for the error, stating that the federation wanted “as many players and coaches as possible to participate in the Games.”

“I express deep regret, sadness, and bitterness about the situation,” Slominski said in a statement. “Such a situation should not have occurred, and the swimmers’ reaction, their emotions, and the attack on the Polish Swimming Federation are understandable and justified to me.”

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