Sumary of The Spanish swimmer Ona Carbonell says she was forced to leave her breastfeeding son at home.:
- The Spanish artistic swimmer Ona Carbonell is expressing her “disappointment and disillusionment” that she has been told she cannot bring her son to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics while she is breastfeeding him.
- Carbonell said in an Instagram video this week that she would not be bringing her son, Kai, who is nearly a year old, to the Games, and that she had been made to choose between her family and her Olympic goals in artistic swimming, the sport formerly known as synchronized swimming.
- “Well, when Kai was born, I realized that I was getting fit and I could reach the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the first thing I asked was if I could bring Kai with me as I was breastfeeding him, and they said no,” Carbonell said in Spanish in the video as she breastfed her son.
- “A few weeks ago, some female athletes started posting about this on social media,” she said.
- The International Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Carbonell’s video.
- “The conditions imposed are that Kai and Pablo would have to stay in a hotel,” Carbonell said in the video, referring to the boy’s father, Pablo Ibáñez, “and we wouldn’t know how far it is until we’re there.