Reuters Dominic Ebenbichler
Tunisian Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli announced today, Monday, his withdrawal from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a few days before the start of the Games due to differences with the Tunisian Swimming Federation.
“After a month of ordeal, I lost all hope of reconciliation or winning my case, so I decided to withdraw from international competitions and boycott the Tokyo Games,” Osama Mellouli wrote on his Instagram account.
This year, Mellouli qualified to participate in the open water swimming competition as part of the Olympic Games, which will be held in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, from July 23 to August 8.
Mellouli’s relationship with the Tunisian Swimming Federation is witnessing great tension against the background of the value of the financial grants allocated to him for training in preparation for the international competitions in which he participates.
The crisis between Mellouli and the Swimming Federation reached the courts, where the player appeared before the Economic Court last week, due to a case brought against him by the Tunisian Swimming Federation, two years ago, with a glut of looting and looting of public money.
It is noteworthy that Osama Mellouli, 37, won the gold medal in the 1500 meters freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the Tunisian champion succeeded in achieving two medals at the London 2012 Olympics, after winning the 10 kilometer gold and the 1500 meters freestyle bronze.