Swimming legends point to ‘good sign’ on Russian Olympic hopes – RT Sport News

Svetlana Romashina admitted the current situation was ‘complicated’ but said there was still hope for the Russians to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Svetlana Romashina, the most decorated synchronized swimmer in Olympic history, has said Russian swimmers have a good chance of making it to the Paris 2024 Games despite warnings they could be barred from qualifying events.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) official Craig Reidy said earlier this month that he considered it likely that Russian and Belarusian athletes would miss qualifying cycles in various sports due to sanctions imposed in the wake of the military campaign in Ukraine. will not be cleared in time for

World swimming authority FINA is among the federations that have imposed a blanket ban on the Russians, ruling them out of events such as the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest from June 17 to July 3.

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But discussing her career plans as well as Russian swimmers and hopes for the Paris Games, Romashina noted that FINA had moved. World Championships in Qatar to February 2024, which has been described as a result of scheduling problems caused by the pandemic.

The decision moves the showpiece to a date much closer to the Olympics, and where qualifying opportunities will be provided for competitors.

“I already had such thoughts. [about ending my career] Even when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed. Even then we were in complete suspense, we didn’t know if the games would happen or not. Romashina, 32, said in comments shared on Sunday TASS.

“Now the situation is even more complicated, but in water sports in general – despite the fact that FINA decided to exclude Russian athletes from the world championships, they postponed the eligibility selection until 2024, as much as It may be close to the Olympic Games.

“I think it is so that the strongest Russian athletes have a chance to qualify. This can be considered a good sign.”

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Romashina won two more gold medals at the Tokyo Games, taking her Olympic Games tally to seven – unprecedented in the world of synchronized (artistic) swimming.

Romashina, who also holds 21 world titles, suggested after the Tokyo Games that retirement was in sight.

The star did not take part in the recent ‘Friendship Games’ organized by Russian sports authorities in Kazan, saying the issue of future participation is more important for young talent.

“I don’t get out of shape, I try to keep it myself, I swim. At the same time, these are difficult times for Russian sports,” Romashina said.

Now the issue of return is not about me but about the youth. I want to wish them patience and strength to wait for this moment and continue working.

Elsewhere, Russian sports figures have suggested it is too early to talk about a possible ban on the country’s athletes in Paris in two years’ time.

Russian Tennis Federation boss Shmal Terpeshev – himself an IOC member – said that eligibility for tennis players, for example, would not be determined until after the French Open in May-June 2024.

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“For now we are suspended, and it is too early to discuss it. [Russian players missing the Olympics]” said Tarpischev.

“We have to wait and see how things develop in the world. In any case, it will be the International Olympic Committee’s decision.

The IOC recommended the ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes on February 28 following the start of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine.

IOC President Thomas Bach has since tried to defend the organization’s position, claiming that it partially protects Russian and Belarusian athletes from aggression at international competitions.

A number of Russian officials and players have called the subsequent bans against the principles of a sport free from discrimination and political interference.