Spanish artistic swimmer Ona Carbonell expresses her" disappointment and disillusion "that it is not practical to bring her son in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics while nursing him.
Carbonell said in a Instagram video this semaine that she would not take her son, Kai, who is almost a year old, to the Games. She said she had to choose between her family and her Olympic goals in artistic swimming, the sport formerly known as synchronized swimming.
"It A few weeks ago, some female athletes started posting about it on social media, ”she said in Spanish in the video as she breastfed her son. "The topic was to choose between family and breastfeeding or to participate in the Olympic Games.
"We were told that this was n 'was not compatible ", she said.
At the end of June, the The committee of Tokyo organization lifted restriction on bringing breastfed infants to them.ux. But the conditions imposed still made it difficult for mothers, Carbonell said, as children would have to stay in a hotel outside of Olympic limits and under strict quarantine.
" They would not be allowed to leave the hotel room duri During the 20 days that I would be in Tokyo, "Carbonell said. " So that I would go and breastfeed Kai whenever he need it during the day, I should leave the Olympic villa, the team bubble, and go to their hotel, risking the health of my team. "
Carbonell, 31, is participating in her third Olympics . She won a silver medal in the duet competition and a bronze medal in the team competition in London in 2012, and was placed fourth in the duo competition in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
In a post accompanying the Instagram video, she said that while she received countless expressions of support and encouragement to go to Tokyo with Kai ", she " wanted to express my disappointment and disillusion that I will finally have to travel without him. "
The International Olympic Committee has no immediately responded to a request for comment on his video.