New Start For Arkady Vyatchanin As Serbia Steps In To Save Russian’s Racing Career

Arkady Vyatchanin, by Patrick B. Kraemer

Arkady Vyatchanin, the Russian backstroke ace who fell out with his federation and declared he would never race for his country again, is in the process of obtaining Serbian citizenship; a dash win apiece for Yannick Agnel and Fred Bousquet; Italians in Tenerife; and Dimitri Colupaev waves goodbye

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Arkady Vyatchanin, the Russian backstroke ace who fell out with his federation and declared he would never race for his country again, is in the process of obtaining Serbian citizenship; a dash win apiece for Yannick Agnel and Fred Bousquet; Italians in Tenerife; and Dimitri Colupaev waves goodbye

Comments

Dave

He’s a US citizen, what exactly does “sports citizenship” mean? I know there was some technical reason that was preventing him from swimming for the US but it seems a shame.

Craig Lord

Dave, yes, can be confusing. It simply means that even if you retain your right to be “Martian” and hold a Martian passport, in sport you can opt to race for Earth and represent Earth’s federation, if that makes sense. It holds true for those who may have a mother of one nationality and a father of another and a right to hold passports from both countries. IN sport, you have to choose one … but which nation and federation you choose is up to you to some extent (federations still have to agree in the case of a swimmer having swum for A but wishing to race for B)

Dave

I appreciate the concise explanation, Craig!

Josh

So by resident of Serbia, does that mean he has to physically live there, or is he still able to train in Florida?

beachmouse

I’d guess it depends on the arrangement he has with the Serbian swim federation. I can think of a number of USA-based dual citizens who competed with another flag on their caps and only ever really went to the other country to visit cousins and grandparents for the holidays.

Craig Lord

Josh, rule says must “live in the country” for one year. Of course, you can’t keep folk prisoners but he will have to spend a fair amount of time away from where he is now to avoid challenge to his status…

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