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Poland's Sylwia Kapusta robbed from Olympic Dream
By Bart Hazen
Date: 6/26/2012
Poland's Sylwia Kapusta robbed from Olympic Dream

Poland's Sylwia Kapusta robbed from Olympic Dream
The Polish Cycling Federation robbed Sylwia Kapusta-Szydlak of her Olympic dream. Federation selected Polish champion Kasia Pawlowska to represent Poland in London.

The women's race at the Polish national championships ended in a victory for Kasia Pawlowska. Pawlowska was a favourite to win the race, but the outcome has provided another controversy in the nominations for the Olympic Games in London.

Poland is not in the first 23 countries in the UCI nations ranking and they didn't get a spot to be on the Olympic Games in London. However, the second record of those rules says that if a contestant from the particular country is in the first hundred of the individual ranking, that position provides a place in the Olympics. The rider who accomplished that for Poland his Sylwia Kapusta-Szydlak (Hitec Products). According to the criteria released by the Polish Cycling Federation the place should be given to her. Unfortunately, in these criteria there is the "magic" point 4, which states that the national coach will decide who will represent the country in London. Detail is that Poland currently doesn't have a national women's coach, so the Federation decided that Kasia Pawlowska will represent the nation at the Olympics, with Paulina Brzezna-Bentkowska as substitute.

"I am shocked and devastated the Polish Cycling Federation did not even came to me to say this to me personally", says Kapusta. "We (Paulina Jasińska, Paulina Brzezna-Bentkowska and I) got the news from some journalists at the National Championships. We immediately went to the president of the Federation Waclawa Skarula to confront him with this information. The only thing we got to hear from him and the other members of the board is that they find it sorry for us. The management has used the lack of a women's staff as an excuse, so they didn't have to use other criteria. I have sacrificed two years of preparation, I was the only rider scoring points, not only for myself but also for the country. Now I have learned that it was all in vain. How would you feel in my situation? Politicians have destroyed my Olympic dream. I feel robbed and cheated", said a desperate and angry Sylwia Kapusta-Szydlak in an interview with

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