Screenshot of NPR / YouTube
Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak is facing disciplinary action after wearing a “Z” symbol wallpaper on his uniform while standing next to Ukrainian Illia Kovtun on the podium at a World Championships in gymnastics in Doha, Qatar on Saturday.
The letter has been seen as a symbol of support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Although not part of the Cyrillic alphabet, Russian military vehicles involved in the invasion have affixed the letter, and its use has spread to supporters of the operation.
The Russian and Ukrainian athletes stood side by side in the medal ceremony for parallel bars, after Kovtun won a gold and Kuliak took bronze.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) issued a statement On Sunday, he said “it will ask the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation to open disciplinary action against male artistic gymnast Ivan Kuliak (RUS) following his shocking behavior at the Apparatus World Cup in Doha, Qatar.”
Kuliak had taped the letter on his uniform instead of the Russian flag, which had been banned by FIG. The World Gymnastics Regulatory Body announced in late February that flags from both Russia and Belarus may not be displayed at any FIG competitions, and also banned them from playing their national anthems.
Since then, it has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from participating in any FIG competitions or FIG-approved competitions with effect from 7 March.
FIG’s message comes in the heels of other world sports organizations distances itself from Russia since it invaded its neighbor.
FIFA was recently suspended all Russian football teams from competitions so far, after several European teams announced that they would refuse to play against Russia in upcoming friendly matches and World Cup qualifiers. The suspension was jointly supported by UEFA, the governing body of European football, which effectively banned the country from competing in the upcoming 2022 World Cup.
Russian athletes were too prohibited from competing at the Paralympic Games in Beijing the day before the events were to begin.
Russian gymnast faces disciplinary action for wearing a ‘Z’ symbol on a podium: NPR
Source link Russian gymnast faces disciplinary action for wearing a ‘Z’ symbol on a podium: NPR