The appeal was granted by Russian gymnast Ivan Kulyak, who was disqualified from international competitions because of the letter Z on his uniform, the International Gymnastics Federation said on Wednesday.
The suspension period will be one year, regardless of the provision for the suspension of Russian and Belarusian gymnasts from international competitions, in connection with which the suspension of Kolyak’s participation will last until May 16, 2023.
The decision of the Foundation for Ethics in Gymnastics previously suspended the participation of gymnast Kolyak for six months from the moment sanctions were lifted on Russian athletes.
This followed a disciplinary case by the International Gymnastics Federation against a Russian athlete for his “outrageous behavior” during the coronation, as the Russian champion appeared with the letter Z on his T-shirt during the distribution of medals at the last World Gymnastics Championships. June in Doha as a sign of support for their country.
The result of the Russian, who took third place at the Junior World Championships, was annulled, and the athlete had to return the bronze medal and prize money of 500 Swiss francs (about $ 500).
Kolyak will also not be able to participate in competitions under the auspices of the International Gymnastics Federation and tournaments organized by any member association of the International Gymnastics Federation.
Russian citizens are widely circulating the letter Z, which has become a symbol of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, as Russian tanks, armored vehicles and vehicles involved in the operation hoist it aboard.
Source: “TASS Agency”