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Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak has been given a one-year ban for dressed in a countrywide struggle image at the podium at an match in Qatar in March.

Kuliak should now go back his medal, however has a proper to attraction inside 21 days.

The letter Z was symbolic with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It used to be painted at the facet of tanks and army cars, in addition to being worn by means of pro-war politicians in Russia.

The incident used to be investigated by means of the World Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and Kuliak used to be sanctioned by means of the disciplinary fee of the Gymnastics Ethics Basis (GEF) for violating FIG laws.

The 20-year-old isn’t allowed to take part in any FIG-sanctioned match or festival organised by means of an affiliated FIG member federation for 365 days.

A observation addedexternal-link that: “If the protecting measures maintaining Russian athletes from competing are nonetheless in position on 17 Might 2023, the ban shall proceed and expire six months after the elimination of mentioned measures.”

Kuliak should additionally pay off his prize cash of 500 Swiss francs (£403) and pay a contribution of the prices of the court cases within the sum of two,000 Swiss francs (£1,612).

No violation of FIG laws used to be discovered in opposition to the top of the Russian delegation, Valentina Rodionenko and trainer Igor Kalabushkin.





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