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Brusnikina: admission criteria cause colossal damage in synchronized swimming

KAZAN, December 11 – RIA Novosti, Adela Ziatdinova. Three-time Olympic champion Olga Brusnikina, president of the Russian Synchronized Swimming Federation, told RIA Novosti that the International Federation of Aquatics (World Aquatics) has made it impossible for Russian synchronized swimmers to even qualify for the Olympics, inflicting colossal losses on all athletes. sport.

Previously, the International Federation of Aquatics (World Aquatics) published on its official website the criteria for admission of Russians and Belarusians to international competitions, allowing them to perform in a neutral status only in individual disciplines. President of the All-Russian Swimming Federation Vladimir Salnikov later told RIA Novosti that national water sports federations sent a collective letter of disagreement regarding the admission criteria.

“It was our duty to write to World Aquatics from the four federations that we consider these criteria unacceptable. Probably this is more of a message to start a dialogue to show international leaders the obstacles to our participation. We want to discuss because no one has discussed these criteria with us before,” said Brusnikina.

“The damage is huge. I don’t want to believe that these are the goals of the international federation, because their goal is development. But in fact, it turns out that sport remains on the sidelines at such an important moment.” “We have been transformed, the transition to new rules is being made, we are just in a vacuum,” Brusnikina said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on December 8 that athletes from Russia and Belarus who made it through the qualifying rounds will be allowed to participate in the 2024 Olympics. Athletes will compete in neutral status and can only participate in individual competitions.

“If they want to see Russia in competitions, we propose to start a dialogue based on certain criteria. Under what conditions this is explained now, it seems to me that this is more stringent than in other sports. Synchronized swimming was very badly affected. Now there is a conversation about the participation of athletes in the Olympic Games, but with a single decision, World Aquatics took away even the chance to participate in it,” added the federation president.
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