Synchronized swimming icon Anastasia Davydova reportedly says she has no plans to return
Five-time Olympic champion Anastasia Davydova has left Russia and informed staff at her swimming center that she has “not planning to return” according to reports.
Davydova, 39, is one of the most successful synchronized swimmers of all time.
She won double gold at the Games in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008, before winning another title in London in 2012. Davydova is also a 13-time world champion.
After retiring, Davydova founded the Anastasia Davydova Olympic Synchronized Swimming Center in Moscow and was appointed Secretary General of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).
According to TASS, Davydova informed staff at her swimming center on Monday that she had left the country.
“Yesterday the staff of our center received a letter from Anastasia Semyonovna [Davydova] by e-mail, in which she announced her departure from Russia”, the organization was quoted as saying.
“She did not name the reasons for her decision, she only noted that she had no plans to return.”
Responding to the allegations, the ROC said it could not confirm reports of Davydova or her family members leaving.
“There was no formal resignation of the ROC Secretary General,” read a Telegram message from the organization.
“The ROC apparatus works in reinforced mode, the operational efficiency of the organization does not depend on the personal situation of the secretary general.
“If necessary, relevant decisions will be taken in accordance with the Charter of the Russian Olympic Committee and only on the basis of verified data,” the added message.
Davydova’s five Olympic gold medals put her second on the sport’s all-time list, trailing only her compatriot Svetlana Romashina.
Romashina took her total to seven Olympic gold medals with a double triumph at the Tokyo 2020 Games last summer.
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