Vladimir Salnikov: We Anticipate New Swimming Events on 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Program

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FINA Bureau Member and Russian Swimming Federation (RSF) President, Vladimir Salnikov, announced that new swimming disciplines that are likely to be introduced at the 2020 Tokyo Olympiс Games will not be included onto the competition programme at the expense of existing ones.

New swimming disciplines are the mixed freestyle relay and mixed medley relay and FINA favours to give them both the Olympic status.

“As for the Olympic programme, only aquatic events are likely to undergo some changes. However, it might happen only at the expense of already existing events. Speaking of aquatic events, I don’t think swimming events will undergo any change whereas I cannot say the same about other aquatic events,” commented Vladimir Salnikov.

“There is a new type of relay in swimming events – mixed relay. It is quite popular now because these exciting races are pretty interesting to follow, you never know the winner and it’s too difficult to predict,” he also stated.

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  1. avatar

    Geez, don’t we have enough events for sprinters? How about the 1500 for women/800 for men. Or better yet, how about additional open water events? The program is already heavily favoring sprinters.

  2. avatar
    Peter Wansor

    I agree, Francene. The 1500 for women is only equitable.

  3. avatar
    Jim Lutz

    How about 4 x 200 medley relay and the 3 x 400 free relay (3×500 yards) you can get 3 but 4 distance might be a struggle at the club level.

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