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Six Polish swimmers have been forced to leave the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after an administrative error

Jan Holub, Aleksandra Polanska, Dominika Kossakowska, Alicja Tchorz, Bartosz Piszczorowicz and Mateusz Chowaniec were all part of Poland's 23-member swimming team. They had already arrived in Japan when the National Olympic Committee announced on Saturday that the Polish Swimming Federation (PZP) had nominated too many athletes to compete, and the squad needed to be cut down to 17 members, based on the world governing body FINA's qualifying rules. Some of the swimmers also failed to meet the necessary eligibility to participate in the Games. In order to be safely admitted to the Olympics, swimmers have to undercut the so-called "A standard", or must receive a special confirmation from the World Federation. The swimmers, who returned to Poland on Sunday, have threatened legal action and called on the PZP president to resign. In an open letter, 22 of the 23 members of the swimming squad said the federation's head Pawel Slominski had acted with "incompetence". One of the six swimmers who has returned to Poland said on Facebook that the federation had "misunderstood the rules". "Imagine dedicating five years of your life and striving for another start at the most important sporting event, giving up your private life and work, sacrificing your family and your dedication results in a total flop," said Tchorz, who had competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Chowaniec, another of those sent home, added on Instagram: "I'm deeply shocked by what happened. This is an absurd situation for me that should never have happened. I hope to wake up from this nightmare eventually." In a statement, Slominski acknowledged the mistake and apologised for the administrative error. "I express great regret, sadness, and bitterness about the situation related to the qualification of our swimmers for the Olympic Games in Tokyo," he said. "Such a situation should not take place, and the reaction of the swimmers, their emotions, the attack on the Polish Swimming Federation is understandable to me and justified." Poland's sports minister Piotr Glinski has demanded clarification from the federation on how the error

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Covid: Vaccine complications dwarfed by virus risks

A major review of vaccines suggests the AstraZeneca jab does raise the risk of blood clots and another serious condition that can cause bleeding. But the study found the risk of such problems following a coronavirus infection was still much higher. The University of Oxford-led team also found an increased risk of stroke after the Pfizer jab - but again at a much lower rate than after infection. The team said it once again showed the "substantial" benefit of vaccination. It comes after a coroner ruled on Thursday that BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Lisa Shaw died because of complications from the AstraZeneca jab. The 44-year-old died in May after developing headaches a week after getting her first dose. She suffered blood clots in the brain. Child jabs halted in trial as adult clot link probed AstraZeneca: Is there a blood clot risk? The research team looked at records from more than 29 million people who received a first dose of a Covid vaccine between December and April, who were mostly over 40, as well as nearly 1.8 million who were infected with the virus. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, looked for complications up to 28 days after being jabbed or infected. It found that for every 10 million people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine: an extra 107 would be hospitalised or die from thrombocytopenia, which can cause internal bleeding and haemorrhages, but that was nearly nine times lower than the risk of the same condition following an infection an extra 66 would be hospitalised or die from blood clots in the veins, but that was nearly 200 times lower than the risk following an infection For every 10 million people vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, it found: 143 extra strokes would be seen, but that was nearly 12 times lower than the risk following an infection media captionLead author Prof Julia Hippisley-Cox: "These are really reassuring results" Lead author Prof Julia Hippisley-Cox said it was important people were aware of the risks,
but that they were kept in context given the higher risk from being infected. Fellow author Prof Aziz Sheikh added the findings "clearly underscore" the importance of getting vaccinated to reduce the risk of these clotting and bleeding outcomes. Vaccinations, he said, offer a "substantial public health benefit". None of the university researchers involved in this study were part of the Oxford team that helped develop the AstraZeneca vaccine er risk from being infected. Fellow author Prof Aziz Sheikh added the findings "clearly underscore" the importance of getting vaccinated to reduce the risk of these clotting and bleeding outcomes. Vaccinations, he said, offer a "substantial public health benefit". None of the university researchers involved in this study were part of the Oxford team that helped develop the AstraZeneca vaccin

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Соvid: The hоlidаy mаkers hаving tо self-isоlаte аbrоаd

In eаrly July, university student Аimee flew оut tо Zаkynthоs, Greeсe. Mоre thаn а week intо her triр, the tоur орerаtоr she wаs trаvelling with sаid thаt there hаd been а few саses оf соrоnаvirus аnd аsked everyоne tо tаke а test. Аimee's саme bасk роsitive. "I wаs shаring with а rооmmаte, but the орerаtоr mоved them оut sо I соuld isоlаte," She tells the REUTER. Аimee is nоw оn the fifth dаy оf her self-isоlаtiоn аt the resоrt in Zаkynthоs. READ MORE...