Breastfeeding Swimmer Furious as Baby Is Banned From Games | 22 Words

The Spanish synchronized swimming captain Ona Carbonell, thirty-one, has been banned from taking her 1-year-old to the Tokyo 2020 Games and has said that she has been made to choose between her family and sporting dreams.

A lack of facilities and COVID regulations means that athletes aren't allowed to take their children to this year's games, which makes things very difficult for the likes of those who still need to breastfeed their babies.

Ona posted a video on social media slamming the Games Chiefs for their decision to ban her baby from coming to Tokyo with her.

The athlete, who is still breastfeeding, said: "When I gave birth to Kai and saw that I was getting fit and that I could make it to the Tokyo Games, the first thing I did was ask if I could take him because I was breastfeeding him, and they told me no.

"A few weeks ago, some athletes said on social media that it is a difficult situation having to choose between breastfeeding and family considerations and the Olympic Games."

Receiving complaints from other athletes regarding the same issue, Ona spoke with the Spanish Olympic committee who "helped a lot."

After speaking with the International Olympic Committee, they put their foot down regarding her child.

Carbonell said that the Japanese government's regulations are "incompatible with being able to perform at the Olympic Games and with your family being the best it can be."

The Barcelona-born athlete added: "The conditions are that Pablo [her partner and father of her son] and Kai would have to be in a hotel.

"We don't know how far from the villa and they couldn't leave the hotel in the 20-odd days that I am in Tokyo. And to go breastfeed Kai I would have to leave the villa, go out of my bubble and go to the hotel.

"It would put the team at risk in the Olympics, which is a goal that we have been fighting for a long time. But at the same time, I think it is inappropriate for them to not be able to leave the room for so many days."

But, not wanting to leave behind her dream, the athlete has made the difficult decision to leave her son in Spain while she goes to Tokyo to compete, leaving "a really bad taste" no longer being able to keep up her sons breastfeeding routine, which is "something that matters a lot."

"I hope this serves for the future, for the next Games, and for other upcoming competitions," the star concluded.

Ona won 2 medals in the 2012 summer Olympics, 1 silver medal from the women's duet, and 1 bronze medal from the team event. She also competed in the 2016 Olympic games securing a spot in 4th place for the women's duet.

This woman is a true superhero balancing the life of a mom and a 2-times Olympic medalist! We wish her the best of luck for the Tokyo Games that kick off today.