The Russian Swimming Federation announced that it plans to hold a National Team training camp at Lake Round beginning on June 2. However, the head coach of the Russian National Team, Sergey Chepik, who is 66, said that he would not attend it.
In his statement, Chepik said that the camp will be limited to 40 people, including swimmers, trainers, and coaches.
This comes as the Russian Swimming Federation has approved a proposal on the process of lifting restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic.
As previously reported, the proposal was sent to national federations last week from the Russian Ministry of Sport. Included in it is a three phase plan for resuming activities regionally, according to the local situation.
The highlights of the plan include:
- Individual physical education and outdoor sports for youth can resume with 5 meters of space between participants.
- No more than 25% capacity
- Organization of training events for members of Russian National Teams, professional sports clubs, and organizations involved in sports training.
- Professional sporting leagues and sporting competitions can review without in-person spectators.
- Fitness centers, sports facilities, and other training centers (indoors and outdoors) can begin to reopen
- No more than 50% capacity
- Individual and group training classes can resume with no more than 20 people
- Sporting events can begin again at the local and regional level without in-person spectators
- Resumption of Russian Championships Cups, All-Russian, and inter-regional competitions can resume with in-person spectators
- International competitions may be resumed in the territory of the Russian Federation with in-person spectators
- Resumption of participation of Russian athletes in events outside of the Russian Federation can begin.
Although there was previously no date announced for the beginning of phase 1, the Russian Swimming Federation has said that the training center in Volgograd is going to be reopened on June 2 as well.