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It did not come free: they confirmed a harsh sanction against a Russian gymnast who climbed on the podium with ‘Z’ | Sports


Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak shocked everyone when he climbed the world podium with a Z in a ‘wink’ of war and Ukraine received a severe sanction.

His ‘protests’ were expensive. Ris gymnast Ivan Kuliak received in the last hours notification of a harsh sanction for riding with a ‘Z’ at the award ceremony at the World Artistic Gymnastics in Doha.

Let us remember that Kuliak wore symbols of pride in Russian tanks and cars in the invasion of Ukrainian soil, precisely in early March, when the conflict was in its first days. He won the bronze medal.

The athlete’s actions produced impact and reluctance in the sport’s environment. However, Kuliak himself insisted that “if there was a second chance and I could choose if they came out with the ‘Z’ on my chest, I would do it again.”

“I saw it in our military and I realized what the symbol meant. It means ‘for victory’ and ‘for peace’. I just wanted to show my position, “he added.

A costly ‘Z’: fine, no medals and a year without competition for Russian gymnasts

A little over two months after the event, and after investigating the facts, the International Gymnastics Federation reacted and decided to apply a powerful punishment to the Russian team.

First, Kuliak removed the bronze medal he had won and the economic cost of 500 Swiss francs (almost 430 thousand pesos) was obtained at the planetary event.

Second, the athlete was warned a one-year penalty without being able to compete.

But if that wasn’t enough, Kuliak was also fined 2,000 Swiss francs. (1 million 700 thousand pesos, approximately).

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As the FIG disciplinary commission explained, the athlete “violated the laws, codes of ethics, codes of conduct and technical regulations.”

“Mr. Kuliak may not participate in any FIG-approved event or competition approved by an affiliate member federation for one year,” the entity concluded in a statement.

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