Last year saw something of a revolution take place in the world of synchronized swimming. On November 29, 2014, a congress of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in Doha voted to include mixed-gender events in its world championships.
The decision met with mixed reaction, with three-time Olympic champion Natalya Ishchenko going so far as to say that she was “embarrassed to imagine what it will look like with men in.”
However, male synchronized swimmer Alexander Maltsev is undaunted by this scepticism. The Russian will become the first man from his nation to compete in the synchronised swimming World Championships, to be held in Kazan from July 29-August 9, 2015.
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