The decision to withdraw from the start was taken in response to the departure of the athletes from the World Aquatics Championship.
After Olympic swimming champion Yevgeny Rylov announced he would not go to the World Swimming Championships in Hungary this year as a sign of support for Russian athletes being challenged by the world community, the International Swimming Federation FINA announced it was suspending Russians. and Belarusian swimmers from competitions.
The 2022 Aquatics World Championship will be held in the Hungarian capital Budapest from June 18th to July 3rd. Swimming starts in the pool and in open water, diving, high diving, water polo and synchronized swimming will take place without the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes.
In response to this statement, the president of the All-Russian Swimming Federation, Vladimir Salnikov, said that by the end of the year, Russian athletes will leave all competitions planned by FINA.
“We took a balanced decision on behalf of all water sports federations, based on the issue of guaranteeing the safety of our athletes,” the Championship website quoted the head as saying.
Such a unanimous measure became a sign of protest against the violation of Russian and Belarusian swimmers at sporting events.
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