No Room At Russian Inn: Vyatchanin Seeks New Stable

Arkady Vyatchanin, going strong and in search of a nation to race for at Rio 2016 [Photo: Patrick B. Kraemer]

Where sports politics gets in the way: Arkady Vyatchanin fell out with the Russian federation and in an interview with SwimVortex indicates that inquiries to about 12 countries didn’t pan out in his search for a new home. Based with Gregg Troy in Florida, Vyatchanin, 2nd in the world this year over 100m back but unable to race at world titles, remains undeterred and tells John Lohn on thee cusp of Christmas that a Plan A and Plan B are in the works and hope is alive on the way to Rio 2016

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Where sports politics gets in the way: Arkady Vyatchanin fell out with the Russian federation and in an interview with SwimVortex indicates that inquiries to about 12 countries didn’t pan out in his search for a new home. Based with Gregg Troy in Florida, Vyatchanin, 2nd in the world this year over 100m back but unable to race at world titles, remains undeterred and tells John Lohn on thee cusp of Christmas that a Plan A and Plan B are in the works and hope is alive on the way to Rio 2016

Comments

Bill Bell

Maybe President Putinski, after pardoning the good Komrad khordorovskiy, can perforn a similar Christmas intervention on behalf ofMr. Vyatchanin with the “Soviet” Swimming Federation.

Or possibly arrange a swap — Snowden for Vyatchanin — with both men getting unconditional pardons!

Oh and let’s also try and arrange a deal so Morozov and Efimova, Trojans to the core, can swim for Uncle Sam @ Rio.

Rafael

I would not be surprised that among the 12 countries Brazil would be among all cause it would be the only link needed to create a powerful medley relay for Rio..

Craig Lord

Bill. I think Snowden’s handing over the most likely of all those scenarios: some mean, hard folk in sports politics, they don’t mess around 🙂

aswimfan

This is very sad situation. I hope he can get a country to represent sooner than later.

Josh

Brazil would be ideal. They are a backstroke leg away from challenging for medals in the 400 medley relay, and obviously would like to have a good home showing for their Olympiad. Also, Troy has coached athletes from that country to Olympic medals in the past, so they should have no problem with him retaining his training base in Gainesville.

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