Efimova, Minakov & Morozov To Miss Russia’s Friendship Games

2022 Friendship Games

  • July 21-25, 2022 (swimming)
  • Kazan, Russia
  • Kazan Aquatic Sports Palace
  • LCM (50m)
  • Meet Central

Top Russian swimmers Yuliya EfimovaAndrei Minakov and Vladimir Morozov will miss the upcoming “Friendship Games,” an event the nation will host later this month to supplement the World Championships.

All-Russian Swimming Federation President Vladimir Salnikov told reporters the trio would miss the event that begins on July 21 due to travel issues, with all three living and training in the United States.

Salnikov added that Olympic medalists Evgeny RylovKliment Kolesnikov and Anton Chupkov will be in action.

“Whether we like it or not, we will compare the results of the winners of the World Championship and these competitions,” Salnikov said via translation.

“In swimming, the presence of an opponent raises the emotional background, but you can compete with a stopwatch and without it. Thanks to Kazan for taking on such a mission to host the Friendship Games.”

Rylov and Kolesnikov combined to win all four of the individual medals claimed by swimmers representing the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) at last summer’s Olympics, including Rylov earning a sweep of the men’s backstroke events.

Aleksandr Krasnykh, who won Olympic silver last summer on the ROC men’s 800 free relay, is also expected to compete.

In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, the country’s athletes (along with Belarus’) were banned from competing at last month’s FINA World Championships.

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2 months ago

What about doping controls?

2 months ago

It’s not surprising that Minakov and Morozov won’t be there.
Not sure where Efimova lives these days, but I’m guessing not in Russia.

Rylov’s attendance is no surprise either, of course.

2 months ago

Swimming is better when Efimova is competing

2 months ago

We might never see Efimova and Morozov compete for Russia again.

Armstrong 100 back gold in Fukuoka
2 months ago

Will they even compete in any meet anymore? They are at the tail end of their career.

Wowee Zowee
2 months ago

Aren’t Efimova, Minakov and Morozov currently based in the US? It’s pretty clear that if they go “visit” Russia to participate in a meet, they won’t be permitted to leave afterwards.

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2 months ago


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2 months ago

If they’re smart and they want to continue swimming at the international level, now is the time to obtain non-Russian citiizenship so they’re ready for 2024.

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

Philippines has openings i heard

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

It would be surprising if Russian athletes are still banned from sport in 2 years.

2 months ago

Friendship games? How about the “no one will invite us to a swim meet” games

Reply to  Taa
2 months ago


Ukrainian guy
2 months ago


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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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