Ewa Swoboda and Konrad Bukowiecki, the two talented Polish track and field athletes, will not take part in the upcoming European Athletics Indoor Championships in Toruń, central Poland. During the training camp in Spała, Bukowiecki broke his toe, while Swoboda contracted COVID-19.
According to the Polish Press Agency sources, Ewa Swoboda had contact with an athlete infected with the SARS-CoV-2 during the training camp. In addition, she developed some symptoms of infection.
Swoboda was to defend the title of the indoor European champion in the 60 metres race from Glasgow in 2019. The Polish athlete is the runner-up in European tables this season with a result of 7.10. Due to the absence of the British Dina Asher-Smith, she seemed to be the main candidate for gold.
Just before the European championships, the shot-putter Konrad Bukowiecki had an accident in which he broke his toe. His start in Toruń seems to be impossible. Due to his absence, Poland will be represented in this event by Michał Haratyk and Jakub Szyszkowski.
With Swoboda and Bukowiecki being sidelined, the Polish representation at the championships will count 43 people. The event will start on Thursday, March 4 and will last until Sunday, March 7.