Two-time Olympic medalist swimmer Kliment Kolesnikov spoke about refusing to move to the United States. His words are quoted by Match TV.
The athlete said that he does not regret that he did not go to the States to study and swim. He emphasized that he had made the decision to stay at home. On July 23, two-time Olympic swimming champion Evgeny Rylov said that he was not considering changing sports citizenship. He said that he was not ready to give up the country for his own personal gain. In April 2022, the International Aquatics Federation banned Russians from participating in competitions under its auspices. In February 2023, the organization announced the transfer of the 2025 FINA World Championships from Russia.