Particular person Russian swimmers will probably be allowed to compete in worldwide occasions, together with the Paris Olympics, in the event that they meet a set of “strict standards” that embrace not speaking to the media, the game’s governing physique mentioned on Monday.
- World Aquatics mentioned just one Russian and Belarusian athlete will probably be allowed to enter in every swimming and diving occasion on the Paris 2024 Olympics
- Russia and Belarus can not participate in any relays, creative swimming, synchronised diving, or water polo
- Swimmers and divers who present “discriminatory behaviour” towards their Russian and Belarusian opponents will face disciplinary motion
The World Aquatics governing physique revealed its standards on Monday for Russian and Belarusian athletes, coaches and officers to return to competitors as neutrals after being banned due to their nations’ struggle in Ukraine.
The factors comply with the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s tips that solely particular person athletes from Russia and Belarus — no groups — may be allowed to compete in Paris, and that they need to not have proven any public help for the struggle.
World Aquatics mentioned just one Russian and Belarusian athlete will probably be allowed to enter in every swimming and diving occasion.
They can’t participate in any relays, creative swimming, synchronised diving, or water polo.
Russian swimmers received 5 swimming medals on the Tokyo Video games: two golds, two silvers and a bronze — together with one silver within the males’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Russian athletes additionally claimed gold within the duet and crew creative swimming competitions, a bronze within the synchronised 10-metre platform diving competitors and got here fourth within the girls’s water polo competitors.
World Aquatics has appointed a panel to vet athletes, coaches and officers to ensure they haven’t proven any help for the struggle — resembling statements, social media posts or participating in pro-war demonstrations — for the reason that invasion began in February 2022.
That might bar swimmer Evgeny Rylov, a two-time gold medallist on the Tokyo Olympics, who was suspended final yr for sporting a “Z” image at a pro-war rally in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
World Aquatics mentioned the principles took impact on Monday although it’s unclear how lengthy vetting will take after athletes apply for impartial standing.
Particular person athletes nonetheless need to qualify for the Olympics with a purpose to compete in Paris subsequent summer season. Fundamental occasions on the swim calendar earlier than then embrace three World Cup meets in October in Berlin, Athens and Budapest and the 2024 aquatics world championships subsequent February in Doha, Qatar.
Russian and Belarusian flags and anthems won’t be allowed and accredited athletes and help employees should put on all-white uniforms and gear, World Aquatics mentioned.
“They may even not be allowed to present any interviews to media throughout such competitions,” the world swim physique mentioned, additionally barring athletes from information conferences and post-race blended zones the place journalists can ask questions.
World Aquatics is the most recent Olympic sports activities physique to element its response to the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s recommendation to discover a approach for impartial Russian and Belarusian athletes to return to competitors.
The IOC initially urged sports activities to exclude Russia from world sports activities inside days of the struggle beginning, however that recommendation modified in December regardless of Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy urging a full exclusion of Russia.
Observe and discipline’s World Athletics has taken the strongest stance in persevering with to ban Russians, whereas the nation’s athletes are unlikely to return in different Olympic sports activities till subsequent yr.
World Aquatics additionally put limits on how Russians and Belarusians can attempt to qualify for the primary competitions, together with present process 4 doping controls by recognised anti-doping businesses within the yr previous to making use of for impartial standing.
Any qualifying time or efficiency additionally should be achieved at a contest held outdoors Russia and Belarus.
“Regardless of the challenges we face on the worldwide stage, we acknowledge our accountability to foster a aggressive, honest, and inclusive setting for each competitor,” World Aquatics president Husain al Musallam mentioned in a press release.
Swimmers and divers who present “discriminatory behaviour” towards their Russian and Belarusian opponents will face disciplinary motion, World Aquatics mentioned.