World Champions Chupkov, Rylov Among 40 At Russian Training Camp June 5-22

World Champs gold medalists Anton Chupkov and Evgeny Rylov are among the big names at Russia’s National Team training camp this month in Krugloye Lake.

The Russian Swimming Federation says the camp will include 25 athletes and 15 coaches. Though the full roster has not been announced, the federation did reveal some of the biggest names this week:

Our previous reporting had included Vaskina, Chimrova, Nika Godun and Nikolay Snegirev among the other attendees. (See here and here.) National Team coach Sergey Chepik will not attend, as he’s 66 years old and in a high-risk demographic for COVID-19.

In addition, Chupkov’s coach Alexander Nemtyrev was kicked out of the camp after entering a taped-off area of the camp, which violated the quarantine restrictions placed on camp attendees. You can read that report here.

Russian National Teamers were quarantined and tested for coronavirus before the camp, and all participants tested negative, the federation reported last week. The camp should now last until June 22. Swimming is one of many Russian professional-level sports beginning to resume this month after the coronavirus pandemic had shut down organized training camps and restricted pool access.

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1 year ago

I don’t quite understand the situation with Russians. I thought they were banned from competing anywhere because of that doping scandal. What’s happening with that then?

Reply to  Greg
1 year ago

They are not banned from competing. They are banned from competing under the Russian flag at major international events. Just as with the 2018 Winter Olympics, they can still compete under a neutral flag, if they meet other conditions, such as having not been found to be a participant in the alleged coverup of positive tests.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Assuming the sanctions aren’t overturned, will these neutral flag Russian athletes be able to swim relays at the Olympics?

Reply to  Bob
1 year ago

While some new information could appear that would change this, based on the restrictions as written, and how those restrictions have been applied in the past, they would. The punishment relating to the flag, specifically, is really more symbolic, and frankly the Olympics are all about nationalism and symbolism, so a symbolic punishment shouldn’t be overlooked. Some of the other punishments, like not hosting and not having members on boards and committees, is much more tangible and impactful organizationally than the flag issue is, but the flag issue cuts more to the heart of what the Olympics are and have been for many decades: advertising, for countries.

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