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Six Polish swimmers have been sent home from the Olympics following a major administrative error.
The Polish Swimming Federation has now come clean and admitted that they accidentally sent too many swimmers to the Tokyo Games, meaning some have been forced to return home without competing at all.
It's understood those unfortunate athletes who were sent packing are now threatening legal action against the federation for the huge mistake which ultimately cost some people their dream.
"I would like to express my great regret, sadness and bitterness at the situation," PZP director Pawel Slominski said in a statement.
Poland's official swimming team included 23 athletes in total.
It was only meant to have 17.
Piąta nad ranem w Tokio. Pływacy żegnają szóstkę wycofanych kolegów... pic.twitter.com/IjyUYtfDmN- Maksym Jaworski (@MaxJaw_) July 17, 2021
The six swimmers have now been named too: Alicja Tchorz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Aleksandra Polanska, Mateusz Chowaniec, Dominika Kossakowska and Jan Holub.
Understandably, every single one of them are absolutely fuming with the situation and have flocked to social media to launch scathing attacks on the sport's national governing body.
2012 and 2016 Olympian Tchorz posted: "Imagine that you sacrifice five years of your life and... your sacrifice results in a total flop."
Meanwhile, Chowaniec added: "This is an absurd situation that should never have happened."
As another slammed the PZP's complete "incompetence" for "misunderstanding the rules".
But perhaps the most damning assessment came when practically the entire swimming team came together to pen an open letter addressed to the Polish Swimming Federation, calling for the organisation's head and board to resign.
"The actions of the Association led to an unprecedented event in the history of Polish sport," the letter read.
"In addition, 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 competitors who compete in the white and red colours on a daily basis.
"We appeal to the president and the entire board to resign immediately."
It remains to be seen whether the board officially steps down with further action expected to be taken when the Olympics come to an end.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@MaxJaw_/@alicja_tchorz
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