Swimmer Andrei Minakov Issues Apology for “Emotional” Reaction to Olympic Delay

World Championship silver-medalist Andrei Minakov has deleted, and apologized for, an Instagram post that he made on Tuesday after the announcement that the 2020 Olympic Games were being postponed until 2021.

On Tuesday, Minakov initially reacted with frustration, saying that he “can’t agree that it was the correct decision” and expressing “incredible disappointment.

The reaction to his post was largely critical, with people referring to it as “selfish” and “immature.” Minakov, a Russian who was raised partially in the United States, has been able to continue training with the Russian National Team. Minakov, who is 18, is committed to swim for Stanford in the U.S. in the fall.

Russia has reported only 658 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1 death. With a population of over 144 million, that infection and death rate is the lowest in the world among large nations with resources to test.

In his new post, Minakov says that “it was posted as an emotional first reaction to the news, without putting much thought.”

“I hereby humbly apologize for the post, which indeed doesn’t characterize me as a person and as a swimmer. I absolutely agree that each and every life matters and health and security should be upheld at any cost.”

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With due respect to all who might have been offended by my previous post, I have deleted it. It was posted as an emotional first reaction to the news, without putting much thought. I hereby humbly apologize for the post, which indeed doesn’t characterize me as a person and as a swimmer. I absolutely agree that each and every life matters and health and security should be upheld at any cost. I am sure that we all will win over the virus, as we have done in the past, together and with little sacrifices made by each one of us. I wish you all good health. Please take care. We will be back stronger. I pray for all athletes around the world so they will be back to their normal schedule very soon🤞 #tokyo2020ne / Я удалил свой предыдущий пост потому что он был написан на моих личных эмоциях. Моя мечта была рядом …Но я приношу свои глубокие извинения всем, кого обидел своим постом. Это была моя первая реакция, на то, что я узнал об отмене Олимпийских игр. Я абсолютно согласен с тем, что жизнь и здоровье людей важнее всего. Я уверен, что мы все вместе победим этот вирус, что все мы станем лучше и сплочённее за следующий год. Желаю всем здоровья, вашим друзьям и близким. Берегите себя. Надеюсь, что очень скоро атлеты во всем мира вернутся к своему привычному образу жизни🙌 #tokyo2020ne

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With due respect to all who might have been offended by my previous post, I have deleted it. It was posted as an emotional first reaction to the news, without putting much thought. I hereby humbly apologize for the post, which indeed doesn’t characterize me as a person and as a swimmer. I absolutely agree that each and every life matters and health and security should be upheld at any cost. I am sure that we all will win over the virus, as we have done in the past, together and with little sacrifices made by each one of us. I wish you all good health. Please take care.
We will be back stronger. I pray for all athletes around the world so they will be back to their normal schedule very soon🤞

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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nillawafers

Good, I’m glad.

A lot of people on here (I presume mostly grown men and women) were very “emotional” in their responses to jump all over this kid. I hope that now that he’s apologized, they will do the same.

SWIMGUY12345

Nobody is going to apologize to him for his insulting initial statement.

Even as an 18 year old or 19 year old, I would hope anyone would realize that human life takes precedence over athletic events. Moreover, it looks worse because he really hasn’t been affected by this the same way others have which as many said, was narrow-minded and selfish.

I’m glad he’s apologized, and everyone makes mistakes (especially as teenagers) but nobody is going to apologize back to him.

Tm71

The PC monster ate him too

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT

“I hope that now that he’s apologized, they will do the same.”
Get a grip.

612

Exactly. That’s how apologies work lmao. One side says sorry and the other accepts. Unless you live in Canada, of course.

M Palota

It can get tricky here. The offending party says “sorry”, the offended party says “sorry I was offended”… The back & forth can go on for days. The rule is six. That is, no more than six apologies between the offender and the offended. As long as there’s only two people.

Multiple parties… Oh man, we’re still saying sorry to the Ruskies for beating them in ’72.

612

Ferda

Texas Tap Water

Why should we apologize to him?

He did something wrong. We condemned him. He apologized. Case closed.

nillawafers

Two big differences between you and Andrei that I see:

1) When he did something wrong, he apologized
2) He had to put his name on it.

“We condemned him.” Sounds super arrogant.

Ervin

Who?

Taa

Andrei. Andrei Minakov. The Russian swimmer who committed to Stanford in the fall.

Super Duper Fan

Will he still go there now? Or stay in Russia

Virtus

He is quite relevant what’s your point

DLSwim

Lol

Italian

A teenager has the right to say dumb things. Move on.

Dudeman

And people have the right to react to dumb things said by teenagers. He’s going to college at Stanford this year and is a legal adult. Obviously there is a lot of maturing that happens from 18 to 25 but adults should be held accountable for what they say and do

Dee

We all have the right to say stupid things. It’s how we reflect that matters, and Andrei has clearly reflected and withdrawn his previous statement accordingly. Kudos.

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