Russia Launches New Programs in Preparation for 2020 and 2024

by Kellie Lawicki 10

September 18th, 2017 Europe, International, News, Training

After Russia’s continuous disappointment in international meets – between lack of medals and low participation rates in competition, the All-Russian Swimming Federation (WWF) is revamping how to take promising athletes and building them into world-class athletes. Russia’s main focus – How to get their swimmers to compete.

The WWF recently launched two new campaigns, “I Will Become a Champion” and “Transitional Composition”.

The main purpose of these campaigns is to get Russia ready for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games in hopes of:

  • Motivating athletes
  • Finding athletes that are talented and living up to world-class standards
  • And increasing participation at the European  and World Championships

The “I will Become a Champion” campaign aims at Russian youth with promising talent. The program plans to: train coaches on how to provide effective long-term training to these athletes and provide more opportunities to these swimmers through exposure at the European Youth Olympic Festival, Junior European Championships, World championships, and Youth Olympic Games.

Additionally, the WWF launched a “Transitional Composition” program to help link and close the gap between the junior national team and national team.

The official training center for these new programs is the Volgograd sports swimming complex (1000 km south of Moscow, between the borders of Kazakhstan and Ukraine) headed by Russian coach, Viktor Borisovich Avdiyenko. Coach Avdiyenko structures his training based on aerobic exercise and optimal technique, endurance, speed, overtraining prevention, and power in prepubescents.

Coach Avdiyenko believes extensive aerobic exercise increases the secretion of stress and growth hormones, which separate oxygen and nutrients. The hormonal changes then slow maturation in prepubescents leading to a higher level of functional development – which is crucial for Russia’s campaigns considering they are targeting the youth.

Russia thinks these campaigns will bring the once-powerful USSR/Russia back to the top of the world swimming rankings. With only 4 medals (2-silver from Yuliya Efimova, 1-bronze from Evgeny Rylov, and 1-bronze from Anton Chupkov ) at the 2016 Olympic Games, it’s no wonder the Russian Swimming Federation is trying to pave way for more success in the future.

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Speed Racer
3 years ago

Also included classes on How To Beat WADA testing.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Speed Racer
3 years ago

Oh, I can give you the whole thing in three easy steps:

Step 1) Bribe your way into hosting competitions
Step 2) Cut a hole in a wall

Sean Quinn
Reply to  Steve Nolan
3 years ago

why bother? 1 easy step, get the exemptions, 🙂

Caeleb Dressel WILL get 7 golds in Tokyo
3 years ago

Despicable dopers.

Andrei Vorontsov

You mean Angel Martino (Meyers), Jessica Foschi, Ousamma Melluli and a few more guys from USC, the privileged client of the BELCO company Amy Van Dyken and the great participant of “Thorpedogate” (remember the 1st comeback of Thorp), 230 blood bags from Spain and 150 British top athletes doped by the same doctor – ??? Doping is an international problem and justice must be the same for all. Do you remember the names of Mark McGuire, Lance Armstrong? And, of course, the greatest ever doper who escaped justice – Carl Lewis. Russian are not the flock of white sheep, but look in the mirror at first…

Speed Racer
Reply to  Andrei Vorontsov
3 years ago
3 years ago

Russia acting like nothing happened.