Andrei Minakov Expected To Race In Russia This Summer; Efimova Done For Season

Andrei Minakov, one of the most accomplished Russian swimmers over the past three years, is expected to return to his home country to compete later this summer.

Minakov, who is currently racing at U.S. Summer Nationals in Irvine, California, missed Russia’s recently-concluded Solidarity Games in Kazan, but is expected to attend next month’s Spartakiad in St. Petersburg, according to All-Russian Swimming Federation President Vladimir Salnikov.

“As far as I understand, Andrei Minakov is going to (race) at the Spartakiad,” Salnikov said, according to Match TV.

Salnikov also said that three-time Olympic medalist Yuliya Efimova won’t compete for the remainder of the season.

Efimova, 30, told Match TV she was contemplating her future earlier this month, and that it largely depended on whether Russia’s sanctions from competing internationally were lifted.

The Solidarity Games and the Spartakiad are events organized by Russia to supplement them being barred from competing at major international events, including last month’s World Championships, as a result of the country’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

Russia’s World Championship ban came after swimmer Evgeny Rylov appeared at a pro-war propaganda event.

The ensuing war has resulted in at least 5,230 civilian deaths according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and has displaced millions of people.

The Spartakiad is a multi-sport event that has been contested 10 times in the summer, from 1956 until 1991, and seven times in the winter (1962-90), between the constituent entities of the now-former Soviet Union.

The event is currently scheduled for August 21-26 at St. Petersburg’s Water Sports Center (Nevskaya Volna).

Minakov, the 2019 World Championship silver medalist in the men’s 100 butterfly, is entering his junior year at Stanford University in the NCAA, having won the 100 fly last season. Despite having only raced for the Cardinal for one season, Minakov will technically be a junior academically in 2022-23, but has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

He sat out of both the Russian Championships in April and the Solidarity Games earlier this month. If he is at the Spartakiad in late August, he will be due to be back at Stanford for the 2022-23 season in September.

On Tuesday, Minakov finished 12th in the men’s 100 freestyle in a time of 49.26. He was also entered to race the 200 free on Wednesday morning but was a no-show.

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1 month ago

In the US’s national interest and security, having Russians study in the US is not ideal. So, why are US universities still offering scholarships to these guys? Please don’t use the argument that politics should be left out of sport. That argument won’t fly.

Reply to  LUIGI
1 month ago

Is that a federal government decision? Aren’t there a vast mix of private and state schools? I’m not American so curious of the logistics of your point.

Canadian swim nerd
Reply to  LUIGI
1 month ago

To be honest, it’s a disgusting question. That’s how Putin is winning over people’s mind in Russia: “look, they hate Russian, they see all of us by default all as enemies and spies out there!” How about Iranians, Chinese, etc.? I’d say they have even more allegiance towards they home countries that most Russian do. Industrial espionage is even more widespread and just as dangerous for North American economy as the military one. Let’s expel German and French students as well as they represent countries that compete with US economically?

Reply to  Canadian swim nerd
1 month ago

Yes, let’s ban them all.

2 months ago

Maybe they need more troops in Donbas .. cannon fodder as they say

2 months ago

I wouldn’t. Seems like he could never come back

2 months ago

This would be a pretty big decision on his part as once he leaves the USA it’s going to be pretty difficult for him to return as a Russian national, right?

It must be a pretty difficult situation to be in when returning home might come with the cost of throwing away so much opportunity, I wish humanity was better than this.

Last edited 2 months ago by IM FAN
Canadian swim nerd
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2 months ago

As long as he has a proper visa – which I’m sure he does – why would he have any issues returning to US?! There is no direct flights, maybe, but otherwise no issues

Last edited 2 months ago by Canadian swim nerd
2 months ago

He has gotten his orders to come back.

James Beam
2 months ago

isn’t he a junior at Stanford? I hope he doesn’t have any issues coming back.

Reply to  James Beam
2 months ago

Lol, he definitely isn’t returning to Stanford once he has left US soil. He must be very idealistic if he thinks that he can just make trips to and from Russia while it has essentially declared war on the rest of the developed world.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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