“I would like to express my deep regret, sadness and bitterness over 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, urged the entire organization’s board to resign immediately over the incident in an open letter to PZP director Slominski.
The open letter sent out on Sunday was signed by 16 other Polish swimmers, accusing PZP of not understanding FINA’s rules.
“Recent incidents have destroyed confidence,” Polish swimmers returning home Sunday said in the open letter.
“Several of us had to return to Poland because of the neglect, and our dream of becoming an Olympian has been taken from us,” they added.
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 Polish sports history,” the letter reads.
“In addition, Polish swimming – both in the eyes of the public and potential sponsors – has been exposed to be a laugh, and it will have a sharp effect on all competitors competing daily in the white and red colors,” the letter adds.
Poland’s Ministry of Culture and Sports urged the PZP president to “immediately submit explanations” about the incident, according to a statement released by the government body on Monday.
The ministry will analyze, and the consequences will come after games, the statement said.