Six Polish swimmers fired from Tokyo over administrative error


“I would like to express my great regret, sadness and bitterness at the situation,” PZP director Pawel Slominski said in a statement released on Monday.

Alicja Tchórz, Aleksandra Polańska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska, Jan Hołub and Bartosz Piszczorowicz, who were forced to return from Tokyo, called on the organization’s entire board to resign immediately following the incident in an open letter addressed to the director of PZP Slominski.

The open letter published on Sunday was signed by 16 other Polish swimmers and accused the PZP of not understanding FINA regulations.

“Recent incidents have destroyed confidence,” said the Polish swimmers, who returned home on Sunday, in the open letter.

“Many of us had to come back to Poland because of neglect, and our dream of becoming Olympians was taken away from us,” they added.

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In this file photo from April 26, 2021, organizing staff for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games prepare for a test swimming event at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, one of the venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo .

“Unprecedented event”

The original Polish team consisted of 23 members who traveled to Tokyo to participate in the Olympic Games.

“The actions of the Association led to an unprecedented event in the history of Polish sport”, reads the letter.

“Additionally, Polish swimming – both in the eyes of the public and potential sponsors – has been exposed as a laughing stock, and it will have a glaring effect on all of the competitors who compete against each other in the colors white and red on a daily basis,” adds the letter.

The Polish Ministry of Culture and Sports urged the president of the PZP “to immediately submit an explanation” of the incident, according to a statement released by the government body on Monday.

The ministry will analyze and the consequences will come after the games, according to the statement.

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