Ukraine war: Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak to be investigated by International Gymnastics Federation for wearing pro-war symbol | worldnews


A Russian gymnast is to be investigated after displaying a symbol of support for the invasion of Ukraine during an event.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said it will open disciplinary proceedings against Ivan Kuliak for his “shocking behaviour” after he finished third in the parallel bars final at the Apparatus World Cup in Doha over the weekend.

The 20-year-old wore the letter “Z” on the front of his outfit as he stood on the podium next to Ukrainian rival Illia Kovtun, who won the gold.

Russian forces have used the letter Z as an identifying symbol on their vehicles in Ukraine following Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour.

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Kuliak stood on the podium next to Ukrainian rival Illia Kovtun, who won the gold
An armored vehicle with the letter 'Z' on it drives past a monument displaying a Soviet-era tank, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in the town of Armyansk, Crimea, February 24, 2022. REUTERS/ Stringers
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The letter “Z” seen displayed on a Soviet-era tank during a military operation in eastern Ukraine

Some supporters of the invasion have also been displaying the symbol.

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FIG adopted ‘further measures’ against Russia

The FIG said in a statement: “The International Gymnastics Federation confirms that it will ask the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation to open disciplinary proceedings against Kuliak following his shocking behavior at the Apparatus World Cup.

Illia Kovtun won in the parallel bars final at the Apparatus World Cup in Doha over the weekend
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Illia Kovtun won in the parallel bars final at the Apparatus World Cup in Doha over the weekend

“The FIG adopted further measures against Russia and Belarus on 4 March.

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“From 7 March, 2022, Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials, including judges, are not allowed to take part in FIG competitions or FIG-sanctioned competitions.”

Key developments:
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β€’ Ukrainians count the human cost of the invasion
β€’ Boris Johnson to meet foreign leaders to build a united front against Vladimir Putin
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β€’ Foreign Office minister defends UK’s support for refugees as only ‘around 50’ visas granted so far

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The FIG has already canceled all of its events in Russia and Belarus adding that it would not allocate other events to the two countries until further notice.

Belarus has been a key staging area for Russian forces.

Russia has been calling its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” designed not to occupy territory but to destroy its neighbour’s military capabilities and capture what it regards as dangerous nationalists.




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