Having their Olympic dreams torn into pieces, six Poland swimmers flew back to Warsaw from Tokyo. They arrived in Tokyo as part of the 23-strong Polish contingent when they received news of an error by the Polish Swimming Federation in the qualification submission process. Poland made an administrative mistake that had infringed Olympic rules by overfilling the number of permitted athletes.
Poland originally selected 23 swimmers for the Tokyo Games but had to trim its list to 17 based on world swimming’s qualifying rules. Since the team had already arrived in Japan, the disqualified swimmers had to fly back to Warsaw.
Alicja Tchorz, who represented Poland at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, was one of the six swimmers sent home. She expressed outrage at the fiasco in a Facebook post and demanded the resignation of the federation’s leadership.