TOKYO-ALSHARQIYA July 20: The head of the Polish Swimming Federation apologized for an administrative error that caused the repatriation of 6 swimmers, after arriving in Japan to participate in the Olympic Games.
Poland sent 23 swimmers to the Olympics postponed from last year, but the Polish federation was forced to reduce the team to 17 swimmers in implementation of the regulations of the International Sports Federation.
Pawel Slomenski, president of the Polish Swimming Federation, apologized for the error, saying he fully understood the anger felt by those sent home after qualifying for the tournament.
"I am deeply sorry, sad and bitter about what happened," the Polish official said in a statement. "Such a situation should not have happened and I fully understand the swimmers' reaction and their feelings, and the attack on the Polish Swimming Federation for what happened."
Alicia Torch, who participated in the 2012 and 2016 editions, expressed her outrage at the exclusion decision on social media.
And she said on her Facebook page: "Imagine focusing on this during 5 years of your life in order to participate in the most important sporting event along with sacrifices on a personal, family and professional level. The result is absolutely nothing."