07/19/2021 at 10:56 PM CEST
Ona Carbonell, a double Olympic medalist, will lead the Spanish artistic swimming team that will participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games. However, the swimmer will not be able to travel to Japan with her partner and her son due to “the harsh conditions imposed by the government of Japan” in this sense. For this reason, Ona has published a video on Instagram with the idea of raising awareness. “I hope that all the athletes who are going through the same thing as me help to visualize this situation and normalize something that should be, but obviously is not,” said Carbonell.
“When I gave birth to Kai, I saw that I was getting in shape and that I could make it to the Tokyo Games. The first thing I did was ask if I could take my son, because I was breastfeeding him and they said no. For weeks some athletes posted on the networks this situation of having to choose between breastfeeding and family conciliation and the Olympic Games. Due to these complaints from different athletes I spoke with the Spanish Olympic Committee, which has helped me a lot together with the Superior Sports Council , and we wrote a request to see if he could take me to Kai and they told me that it was possible, but that the conditions were not set by them but by the government of Japan, “explains Ona in the video posted on social networks.
“I finally had to make a very tough decision, with my team, who is helping me a lot, with my coach, who is also helping me, and with my family, because the conditions set by the government of Japan are incompatible with performing in an Olympic Games “, Add.
The conditions are that Pablo (her partner) and Kai would have to be in a hotel probably far from the Olympic Village, as she herself points out, and they would not be able to leave there in the more than 20 days that she will be in Tokyo.
“To go breastfeed Kai I would have to leave the Villa, get out of my bubble and go to the hotel and put the team at risk. It tastes very bad to me and hence this video,” he argues. “I hope that all these athletes who are going through the same thing as me help to visualize this situation and normalize something that should be, but obviously it is not”.