The Spanish inventive swimmer Ona Carbonell is expressing her “disappointment and disillusionment” that it isn’t sensible to convey her son to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics whereas she is breastfeeding him.
Carbonell mentioned in an Instagram video this week that she wouldn’t take her son, Kai, who is sort of a yr previous, to the Video games. She mentioned she had to decide on between her household and her Olympic targets in inventive swimming, the game previously referred to as synchronized swimming.
“Just a few weeks in the past, some feminine athletes began posting about this on social media,” she mentioned in Spanish within the video as she breastfed her son. “The topic was to decide on between household and breastfeeding or to take part within the Olympic Video games.”
“We had been informed this was not appropriate,” she mentioned.
On the finish of June, the Tokyo organizing committee loosened a restriction on bringing infants who’re nursing to the Video games. However the situations imposed nonetheless made it tough for moms, Carbonell mentioned, as a result of youngsters must keep in a lodge outdoors of the Olympic confines and beneath strict quarantine.
“They wouldn’t be allowed to depart the lodge room through the 20-ish days I’d be in Tokyo,” Carbonell mentioned. “For me to go and breastfeed Kai at any time when he wants it through the day I must depart the Olympic villa, the workforce’s bubble, and go to their lodge, risking my workforce’s well being.”
Carbonell, 31, is competing in her third Olympics. She gained a silver medal within the duet competitors and a bronze medal within the workforce competitors in London in 2012, and positioned fourth within the duet competitors in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
In a message accompanying the Instagram video, she mentioned that whereas she had acquired “numerous expressions of assist and encouragement to go to Tokyo with Kai,” she “needed to precise my disappointment and disillusionment that I’ll lastly must journey with out him.”
The Worldwide Olympic Committee didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about her video.