The Week That Was: RUSADA Appeals WADA Decision to Ban Russia


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The Russian Anti-Doping Agency decided to appeal the WADA decision to ban the Russian Federation from international competitions as they hope to lessen the ban that caused them to sit out international competitions in all sports for the next four years.

2015 World champ Marco Koch also announced a coaching changed ahead of his third Olympic Games in 2020, and Mehdy Metella announced he will not be swimming at the 2020 Games because of shoulder surgery.

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The Week That Was #5: Synchronized Swimmer Elvira Khasyanova to be Inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame


Elvira Khasyanova after performing Photo Courtesy: Elvira Khasyanova

By Meg Keller-Marvin

Russian synchronized swimmer, Elvira Khasyanova was a member of the Russian National Team from 1999 through 2011. She participated in three Olympic Games, winning gold medals in the team competition in 2004 in Athens, 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.  She won the World Championships in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2011 in the team and the free combination events, along with the European Championships in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010 in the same events.

She will be inducted at the ISHOF Induction dinner on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

#4: Ranomi Kromowidjojo Announces Engagement to Ferry Weertman

Ferry Weertman

Photo Courtesy: Ferry Weertman Instagram Account

By Swimming World Editorial Team

Aside from chasing trips to the medals podium at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Ferry Weertman will have a wedding to look forward to planning. The longtime couple announced their engagement on Instagram on Sunday, with a picture of a smiling Kromowidjojo revealing a new piece of jewelry.

Their’s will be a marriage of Olympic champions sprint and marathon.

The Week That Was #3: Marco Koch Changes Coaches Ahead of 2020

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Marco Koch; Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

By Liz Byrnes, European Correspondent

Marco Koch, the 2015 world 200m breaststroke champion, has appointed former Germany national team director Dirk Lange and the man who guided Cameron van der Burgh to Olympic gold as his new coach seven months ahead of Tokyo 2020.

Koch, who also claimed silver behind Hungary’s former Olympic champion Daniel Gyurta in the 2013 worlds in Barcelona, had been training under Henning Lambertz, who succeeded Lange as national team coach from 2013 to 2018.

Koch has not appeared on an international long-course podium since he took silver behind Great Britain’s Ross Murdoch at the 2016 European Championships in London, a little under three months before finishing seventh at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 29-year-old was then 11th at the 2017 worlds in Budapest before finishing fifth at this year’s edition in Gwangju, South Korea.

With only seven months left before the swimming programme gets under way in Japan, Koch has identified Lange as the man who can enable him to have the greater back-end speed he needs to force his way into contention, with all the medallists in Gwangju clocking sub-2:07 times.

#2: Mehdy Metella to Undergo Shoulder Surgery; Will Miss Tokyo Olympics


Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

By Swimming World Editorial Team

Just days before the official start of the Olympic year, Frenchman Mehdy Metella announced via social media that he will undergo shoulder surgery and, consequently, will miss the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Metella’s announcement is not only a blow to his personal goals, but also a big loss for the French National Team, which has relied on Metella for key relay contributions through the years.

“As you can imagine, I am extremely disappointed and sad to miss this event, but I promise to come back stronger in 2021,” Metella wrote in French on his Instagram account.

The Week That Was #1: RUSADA Appeals WADA Decision to Ban Russia


By Dan D’Addona

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirms that, December 27, it received official notice from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) disputing the unanimous endorsement by WADA’s Executive Committee on 9 December of the recommendation made by the independent Compliance Review Committee that RUSADA be declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) for a period of four years, with a range of consequences attached.

As RUSADA’s notice was received within the stipulated 21 days, the matter will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in accordance with the correct process outlined in the International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS, Article 10.4.1).

As per the ISCCS, WADA will shortly file a formal notice of dispute with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and the dispute will be resolved by the CAS Ordinary Arbitration Division.