Russian Swimming Federation to Discuss Postponing Olympic Trials

The Russian Swimming Federation will reportedly consider postponing the Russian Swimming Championships, the primary qualification meet for the nation’s athletes for the Tokyo Games, RSport reported Wednesday.

Russia had previously committed to holding the meet as scheduled – April 3-9 at the Palace of Water Sports in Kazan – without spectators. On Wednesday, however, the Russian Ministry of Sports recommended that all Russian sports federations and other authorities cancel or reschedule all official sports competitions in the country starting Sunday and until further notice.

You can find the list of Russian athletes eligible to compete at the 2020 Russian Swimming Championships here (in Russian). All of the nation’s stars are expected to attend, including Vlad MorozovYuliya EfimovaVladislav GrinevAndrei MinakovEvgeny Rylov, and Arina Surkova.

Should Russia postpone its meet, it would follow a similar trajectory to Brazil, which also initially closed its meet to spectators before postponing it to late June. Chinese Nationals, French Elite Nationals, the Irish Open Championships and New Zealand Nationals have also been postponed. As of publishing, 14 nations have canceled their Olympic Trials meets entirely.

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1 year ago

Russia is still banned indefinitely from the Olympics, so I’m not sure what Trials they think they’re having…

Reply to  ScottishDragon
1 year ago

That’s not how the ban works.

1 year ago

Who thinks the Olympics are going to happen as scheduled?

In my mind there’s about a 5% chance

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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