Russian gymnast banned for one year – observer

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Sanctions against all Russian and Belarusian teams have been cross-sectional for the sports world, and the way different modalities apply penalties in individual modalities varies between competitions and countries. Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine That the procedures are different and that tennis serves as a typical example of this, with Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam at the time, allowing everyone to attend as long as there is no support for the actions of Putin and Wimbledon, the third major of the season, vetoing the participation of any player from Russia or Belarus.

‘I’ll do the same’: Russian athlete who used pro-invasion symbol has no regrets and says he was mistreated by Ukrainians

Then, or in parallel, there were (severe) penalties for all those who in one way or another supported the Russian actions in the war. Yevgeny Rylov, the Olympic champion in the 100 meters and 200 meters backstroke at the last Tokyo Olympics, was sentenced to nine months after participating in the parade held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, marking the eight-year anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Ivan Kulyak was the last.

The young gymnast became news around the world when, in the first week of March, he decided to take the podium for the Parallel Bars competition at the World Cup Doha, Qatar, with the symbol Z Associated with the defenders of the invasion – and precisely the presence of a Ukrainian athlete on his side.

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“They told us to cover the flag, that’s what I did. They actually banned everything possible, I just wanted to make it clear where I came from, that’s it.” I am not afraid of the consequences And I don’t want to hurt anyone. If there is again, I will do it again. The letter “Z” symbolizes “victory”, that is, peace. And Ukrainian athletes treated us badly, just seeing them they will believe it,” the 20-year-old athlete justified in a message he posted on Telegram, where he made further observations of what happened on the platform.

Russian athlete investigated for wearing a pro-invasion symbol on the podium of the world gymnastics competition (which the Ukrainian won)

“The athletes were on the podium shouting ‘Glory to Ukraine,’ and, according to competition regulations, this is not allowed. But no one told them anything about it.” pointing to. In the photos on this podium for the parallel bars, the guide that was won by Ukrainian Ilya Kovtun and who was runner-up in Kazakh Milad Karimi, you can’t help but realize the tension of Ivan Kulyak, who is biting his lips, as well as the tension with Kovtun who only received Karimi during the medals .

“FIG confirms that it will ask the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation to start disciplinary process Regarding gymnast Ivan Kulyak, after his shocking behavior in the Doha World Cup. The FIG adopted measures against Russia and Belarus on 4 March. The International Gymnastics Federation announced in a statement that from March 7, 2022, Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials, including judges, will not be able to participate in FIG competitions. Now the decision came.

Ivan Kulyak, who meanwhile appealed the decision which could be issued within 21 days, It will be suspended for one year (There is still a nuance: if the actions against Russia and Belarus are maintained in May 2023, he may still have to stay abroad for another six months), then he will have to return the bronze and still pay the costs of the operation, as well as remaining without prize money for the center the third.

Born in Kaluga, Ivak Kulyak early began in gymnastics under the influence of his mother, who for many years represented the famous Larisa Latynina gymnastics school who spent time at Smolensk University. In 2019, he had his first major year in the competitive field, when he became a junior champion in the all-around and floor competitions, as well as a silver medalist in the horizontal bar. This participation earned him a trip to the 2019 Youth Olympic Festival, where he finished second in all-around teams and third in ground and rings. The achievements will later give him a master’s degree in sports from the Russian Gymnastics Federation.. In 2021, when he became part of the Paris 2024 Olympic project, he served in the army as a kind of political indoctrination at the military base in Balashikha.

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