“It’s going to be a tough time for me and I hope I can continue to breastfeed when I come,” says the captain of the Spanish team.
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ona carbonell, the captain of the Spanish artistic swimming team regrets that the demand restrictions imposed in Japan ahead of the Tokyo Games prevent him from traveling with his son. “I wanted to express my dismay and dismay because eventually I will have to travel without him,” said the Barcelona woman, who hopes it will serve to “visible and normalize” the situation for the foreseeable future.
The 31-year-old double Olympic medalist assured that the “first question” she asked early last August after becoming a mother was whether she could travel to Tokyo with her son. moss, despite the epidemic problems caused by the issue of “breastfeeding”, which he attaches great importance to.
“They told me no and other athletes posted this difficult situation of choosing between breastfeeding and reconciliation and some sports that may not be compatible. I spoke to the COE, CSD and IOC and requested the IOC to look into it Did what I could. Take it away. They told me it was possible, but that the conditions were not set by them but by the Japanese government,” he said.
However, they eventually had to make a “very difficult decision” of not being able to travel with their family because they were going to live in “incompatible circumstances” so that both Kai’s father, Paul, as the child was “as good as possible”.
“Pablo and Kai had to be in a hotel that we had no idea how far away and they couldn’t leave the room and I had to ‘bubble’ out and go to their hotel for me to breastfeed. That was a risk for them. The team and it was not the right thing for them (Pablo and Kai),” he said.
“Make visible and normalize”
For this reason, Carbonell finds it “very bad” to make the decision and also hopes that other athletes who “go through the same thing” will join in to “visualize the situation and normalize it”. “I’m going to have a hard time, I’m going to have ‘twenty-odd’ days with the ‘breast pump’ and I hope when it comes I can continue to breastfeed and it latches onto the breast.” Because it’s something that means a lot to me.”
Carbonell, who plays his third game, leads a team called berta ferrerassi, Meritxell More, Alisa Ozhogina, Paula Ramrez, Sara Saladada, iris tio, blanca toledano u April Conesa. Last May, the Spanish team won the silver medal at the Budapest European Championship in the free routine, only surpassed by Ukraine.