Two-time Olympic medal winner Arkady Vyatchanin has decided to quit swimming for Russia and represent another country, the Allsport news agency reported on Monday.
“I believe that I can offer nothing else to Russian swimming,” Vyatchanin was quoted as saying at the Russian Cup final in Kazan. “I will continue my swimming performances but not as a Russian athlete any more. I will decide which country’s team to join in the near future.”
Vyatchanin had issues with the Russian Federation leading up to the Russian Cup last week, and also in the past. If you’re curious, you could try to run this Komiinform story through Google Translate. I dare not even try to translate it here.
(A memorable moment, Vyatchanin and Donets double European champions and world record setters at the Istanbul 2009 European Short Course Championships)