The International Gymnastics Federation, or FIG, for Federation Internationale de Gymnastique, has banned a Russian gymnast from competition for a year after the athlete donned the letter "Z," a pro-Russian war symbol, on his singlet.
Ivan Kuliak won bronze in the federation's Apparatus World Cup in March in Dohar, Qatar, only to be forced to return his medal and $502 in winnings, which he initially received in Swiss francs. In addition, he owes the equivalent of $2,009 to the federation for "the costs of the proceedings."
After dismissing charges when no violations were found, FIG pledged to pay the head of the Russian delegation, Valentina Rodionenko, and Kuliak's coach, Igor Kalabushkin, about $1,004 each for the cost of the proceedings.
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"Mr Kuliak breached the FIG Statutes, the FIG Code of Discipline, the FIG Code of Ethics and the FIG Code of Conduct when he wore the letter 'Z' on his singlet during the competition and the award ceremony," the announcement read.
Kuliak shared the podium with Ukrainian rival Illia Kovtun, who won gold in the parallel bars. Kuliak has the opportunity to appeal the decision, within 21 days from Tuesday.
Russian and Belarusian gymnasts were banned previously from competing as representatives of their respective countries. Should the currently indefinite ban end before May 17 of next year, FIG will extend Kuliak's ban six months from the time the national ban ends.
Neither the Russian nor Belarusian flags are displayed at any FIG events, and their anthems are not played. All events that were planned to take place in Russia or Belarus have been canceled.
"Sport is friendship and solidarity," FIG President Morinari Watanabe said when the initial ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes was handed down. "We must show solidarity with the members of our family who are in despair and offer them a helping hand to ensure their future."
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The federation also had plans for Ukraine to host an event in March, but it was also canceled. Watanabe gave a tribute in April to 10-year-old Ukrainian gymnast Kateryna Dyachenko, who died during the siege of Mariupol alongside her father.