Premier Brian Pallister apologized to Manitoba's swimming community Thursday for mistakenly accusing a team of holding a practice in Kenora to escape local COVID-19 rules.
He said at the conclusion of a press conference that he had been given wrong information.
"I had a report on Tuesday that a swim team had gone to Kenora for practice at their pool, and the report turned out to be false," Pallister said. "The last thing I want to do is blame our great swim coaches and their teams for doing something they did not do."
On Tuesday, the premier said he was troubled by reports that a Manitoba swim club had travelled to Kenora to practice.
"Guys, get on the team. How do you think that makes the people in Kenora feel when they see that happen?" he said at the time.
The premier recanted his criticism Thursday after being informed that it was a family who had decided to travel to Kenora to swim.
"It was the wrong decision. They’ve acknowledged that," he said of the individuals without naming them.
Pallister said it was not his intention to single out the sport.
"I did it wrongly and so for you, I apologize," he said.
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