Bruno Fratus, the Brazilian sprinter, and coach Arilson Silva, have joined Andrea Di Nino, the Italian coach and founder of the eponymous ADN Swim Project, as they prepares for a home Olympics at Rio in 2016.
Di Nino has also linked up with Claudio Coldebella, a management expert, and the setup behind a champion canoeist described as "the queen of Italian sport", Josefa Idem.
The news was announced today in Milan by the ADN Swim Project was founded in 2005 as the first international squad of world-class professional swimmers based in Europe. Silva, who contributed to the 2011 World Championship triumph of Felipe França, said: "With Andrea there was an immediate harmony on the project. I wanted to have an experience abroad and ADN is among the top three clubs in Europe. I am hoping to grow further and to contribute to its success."
Di Nino, technical director of A.D.N. and at London 2012 the first foreign coach to join the national Olympic team of Russia, already boasts Evgeny Korotyshkin, the Olympic 100m butterfly silver medallist and Sergei Fesikov, a member of the Russian 4x100 freestyle relay bronze-medal winning quartet. Jason Dunford, of Kenya, has also benefited from working in the ADN stable, while Fratus is the first Brazilian to join the squad.
Said Di Nino: "It is a complete Olympic cycle for those that are able to win a medal at each level of competition: from the European to the World Championships, long course and short course, through the Commonwealth Games, before getting to the Olympics. This should only be a starting point."
Fratus, who was fourth by a fingernail in the 50m free at London 2012, said: "When Arilson told me of his appointment at A.D.N. I didn’t hesitate to follow. I cannot wait to start working. I am convinced it is the best team to help me mature. I’m aiming for gold in Rio, and to continue A.D.N.’s tradition of success."
The aim of the project is to make ADN a model programme - and not only in the water. A project statement noted: ""The A.D.N. Swim Project is focused on providing athletes with all the essential services necessary to compete at a high level, from technical support to management. The athlete is supported by a team of specialists committed to enhancing the individual athlete’s competitive potential as much as their commercial potential.
"With a view to facilitating continuous professional growth both in and out of the pool, A.D.N. has decided to turn to noted management personality, Claudio Coldebella.
In addition to bringing his extraordinary sports management experience gained through top teams such as Benetton Treviso and Juve Caserta, Coldebella will also contribute to the planning of comprehensive projects that could well become points of reference for Italian sport. He said: "I'm fascinated by this project, which I find exciting and innovative. I am pleased to be able to make a contribution, especially because I am going to discover a new sport that will allow me to enrich my skills."
The programme added: "The A.D.N. project is going to school. These days it is pursuing the idea of collaboration with the "Mitica" (Mythical) project of Josefa Idem and her coach Guglielmo Guerrini.
Idem said: "The intention is to create a unique project in Italy for involved professionals and training methods. I immediately identified with A.D.N.’s medium and long-term objectives, and believe together we can really create something innovative for Italian sport."
The A.D.N. Project is backed by support from kit maker, Arena, Syform, a company specialising in food supplements and the Province of Caserta, ADN's base.