Minakov on Olympic Delay: ‘I Can’t Agree That It Was The Correct Decision’

Update: on Wednesday, Minakov deleted the post and issued an apology.

Russian teenager and 2019 Worlds silver medalist Andrei Minakov took to Instagram Tuesday to voice his displeasure at the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.

Minakov, who committed to come to the United States and swim for Stanford next year, wrote that “if the country denies taking a part in the Olympics, it’s their problem.”

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As you all can know, the Olympic Games 2020 has been postponed. I can't agree that it was the correct decision. Yes, athletes wouldn't show their best results, but it's a sport, an athlete can't always stay at the highest level. If the country denies taking a part in the Olympics, it’s their problem. As for now, the Olympics will intersect with World Championships next year🤷‍♂️ Incredible disappointment. Additionally, there is no guarantee that the situation will be gone by next year. Thanks for taking the dream away for one year. However, I highly respect any decision made by IOC. Just one more year to get better. Olympics is more than just a competition. It's a fairy tale, dream, fiesta. / Как вы могли уже понять, Токио 2020 перенесли на следующий год. Не согласен, что это было правильное решение. Во-первых, нет никакой гарантии, что через год все нормализуется. Если многие команды отказываются принимать участие, это их же проблемы. Безусловно, многие атлеты не показали бы лучших результатов. Не было бы множества мировых рекордов, но разве в них смысл? Это спорт, и тут всегда события развиваются по разному. Несмотря на все, я уважаю любое решение Олимпийского комитета. У нас есть еще один год, подготовится. Что мы получаем в итоге? Сезон длинной воды можно считать безуспешным (но есть еще надежда на Чемпионат Европы); одним атлетaм негде тренироваться, вторые не знают к чему готовиться; у нас забрали мечту; не понятно, как через год планируется провести два настолько масштабных соревнования. Ну что ж, удачи всем и терпения. Надеюсь у вас хорошо.

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“As you all can know, the Olympic Games 2020 has been postponed. I can’t agree that it was the correct decision. Yes, athletes wouldn’t show their best results, but it’s a sport, an athlete can’t always stay at the highest level. If the country denies taking a part in the Olympics, it’s their problem. As for now, the Olympics will intersect with World Championships next year 🤷‍♂️Incredible disappointment. Additionally, there is no guarantee that the situation will be gone by next year. Thanks for taking the dream away for one year. However, I highly respect any decision made by IOC. Just one more year to get better. Olympics is more than just a competition. It’s a fairy tale, dream, fiesta.”

Last summer, Minakov took on a big schedule, racing at the World Championships, European Junior Championships, and World Junior Championships; he is believed to be the only swimmer that medalled at all 3 of those meets.

Minakov won six medals at the European Junior Championships (including four golds), seven medals at the World Junior Championships (including three gold), and two relay medals in addition to the silver medal in the 100 fly at the World Championships.

The 18-year-old primarily trains in Russia but has also spent time with the Terrapin Swim Team in Concord, CA. Minakov was initially was slated to take part in the ISL’s inaugural season, but announced in September that he was forgoing that in order to preserve his NCAA eligibility. He’s the Russian national record holder in the 100 fly, with his time of 50.83 from Worlds.

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Ytho

I don’t know.. sure it’s annoying for him but seems kinda selfish considering he got to train nearly uninterrupted, while competitors didn’t

spectatorn

maybe he wants to take advantage of that?

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT

Pardon me, but WHO is Andrei Minakov?

(I think I’ve made my point)

You don’t know who the 2019 World Championship silver medalists in the 100 fly is?

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT

The only one I remembered was Sjostrom. Because that second lap in the center lanes was e–p-ic.
OMG does this make me only a casual fan now?

Ervin

I honestly couldn’t recall who he was and i follow swimming pretty closely…all i cared about in that 100 fly was Dressel.

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT

Thank you.

Troyy

A very American perspective indeed.

Virtus

I’m your implying he’s irrelevant your wrong lmao

ohio swimmer

I’m so sorry… what did you just say? How do you not know him? (and no, your point was not made)

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT

But such an apparently innocuous post didn’t seem to rile you up at all. I see.

DLSwim

You could’ve read the article; the answer is in there.

Too cool for the pool

Well, maybe this will actually give him a chance of medaling. Prolly not but maybe. Hope not

The Michael Phelps Caterpillar

Bad take dude.

M Palota

Completely understandable but sometimes athletes have to be protected from themselves.

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