Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers has welcomed Swim Ireland's decision to appeal FINA’s decision to rescind an Olympic invitation for Ireland's 4x100 Medley Relay team.
The 4x200m Freestyle team of Jack McMillan, Jordan Sloan, Finn McGeever and Gerry Quinn and the 4x100m Medley team of McMillan, Shane Ryan, Darragh Greene and Brendan Hyland had both qualified for the Tokyo Games as wildcard picks.
The invitation to the 4x200 Freestyle team is unaffected.
Swim Ireland said they were "extremely disappointed" with the decision and that that they were "exploring their options".
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Chambers said he is confident that Swim Ireland will do everything in their power to get the relay team’s invitation restored.
I know Swim Ireland will do everything to appeal that and hopefully get that invitation restored
"It’s a very unusual step for Fina to issue an invitation, for that to be accepted by Swim Ireland and for them to then rescind that," he said. "It’s really disappointing and frustrating for our swimmers who have put such sacrifice into this for many years.
"I welcome the fact that Swim Ireland are now exploring all options and looking to appeal the decision.
"I know Swim Ireland will do everything to appeal that and hopefully get that invitation restored."
Meanwhile the Minister of State has said there is "no ceiling on ambition" as the rollout of 16 test match events gets underway this month, allowing fans return to watching live sport.
This Saturday up to 1,200 fans will be in attendance for Leinster v Dragons at the RDS while on the same day, there will be up to 1,000 supporters at the SSE Airtricity League encounter between Shamrock Rovers and Finn Harps and 600 spectators allowed in to watch the Cork City v Cabinteely fixture.
Minister Chambers said that stadia could be back at up to 50% capacity by the autumn if things go well and vaccination continues apace.
He added that the new guidelines for the return of games will see "a new type of fan journey" at the test matches, with staggered entry and exit times, a code of conduct and complusory mask wearing.
Tickets will be organised through the relevant sporting organisation and named tickets will be issued, allowing contact tracers follow up contacts up to 28 days after a match should a case of Covid-19 emerge.