Vyatchanin Marks Eligibility For USA With Appeal To WSA To Abolish ‘Flag Slavery’

Arkady Vyatchanin- by Patrick B. Kraemer

In one of the most pertinent Dear John letters in the struggle to raise swimming to a professional sport in which athlete interests are the priority, from Russian international Arkady Vyatchanin has marked the moment he became eligible to race for the United States with an appeal for the future direction of swimming to drop any obligation of an athlete to compete for a country or find themselves locked out of their job.

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In one of the most pertinent Dear John letters in the struggle to raise swimming to a professional sport in which athlete interests are the priority, from Russian international Arkady Vyatchanin has marked the moment he became eligible to race for the United States with an appeal for the future direction of swimming to drop any obligation of an athlete to compete for a country or find themselves locked out of their job.

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longstroke

Abolishing ‘flag slavery’ would be a good thing provided the athlete genuinely becomes the citizen of another nation. I believe Arkady Vyatchanin has been honest in that respect. However, there have been too many occassions where an athlete has changed national allegiances because they have not been able to make the national team of their country of origin. I believe a recent case involves Kenneth To who has switched from Australia to Hong Kong. There have also been cases where athletes have been offered inducements to switch national allegiance. It would be a good thing in my opinion of the constitution of the WSA banned ‘flags of convenience’.

Craig Lord

Absolutely, longstroke…rules on such issues are important, have to be clear and adhered to … FINA had reason to admonish Qatar over buying athletes and treating Israeli competitors very badly indeed in recent years… none of which stopped FINA granting Qatari leaders the fed’s ‘highest honour’, along with Putin, Mutko and the rest of a group of folk that includes serious undesirables…

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