LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Russian Olympic gold medalist swimmer Evgeny Rylov has been banned from the game for 9 months for showing at a rally in help of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Rylov stood on stage with medalists from different Olympic sports activities on the occasion final month and wore a jacket with a “Z” on the chest. The letter isn’t a part of the Russian alphabet however has change into a logo of help for Russian troops after it was used as a marker on Russian armored autos working in Ukraine.
A quick assertion from swimming’s world governing physique, FINA, on Thursday mentioned it “acknowledged” an earlier, as-yet unpublished ruling from a disciplinary panel to ban Rylov “following Mr. Rylov’s attendance and conduct at an occasion held on the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.”
Rylov was the star of Russia’s swim staff on the Olympics in Tokyo final 12 months with two gold medals.
His ban started Wednesday and covers any worldwide competitors. The impact on Rylov is prone to be largely symbolic since FINA additionally prolonged its resolution to exclude rivals from Russia and its ally Belarus from all worldwide occasions for the rest of 2022.
FINA beforehand banned Russia and Belarus from the world championships in Hungary and June and July however left it attainable for them to enter different occasions. On the time, FINA mentioned Russia deliberate to boycott all worldwide occasions anyway, one thing Russia denied. That place has now been clarified.
“The Bureau additionally confirmed its place that Russian and Belarusian athletes and officers won’t be invited to any FINA occasion by the top of 2022,” FINA mentioned Thursday. FINA’s remit covers a spread of aquatic sports activities together with swimming, diving, water polo and creative swimming.
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