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Russian gymnast sports ‘Z’ symbol on her shirt as she shares podium with Ukrainian winner, sparks outrage, Sports News

Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak sparked massive outrage on Sunday March 6 after he was seen sporting a badge showing support for his country in its ongoing invasion of Ukraine. collect her bronze medal on the parallel bars at a Gymnastics World Cup event in Doha, Qatar.

Kuliak had won the bronze medal by finishing behind Ukraine’s Kovtun Illia, who won the gold medal to step onto the podium. A Kuliak shared the podium with his Ukrainian rival, he had the ‘Z’ symbol placed on his shirt. When several Russian athletes objected to their country’s actions in Ukraine, Kuliak’s behavior left many in shock.

The letter “Z” would symbolically represent “victory” in Russian. Although the letter does not exist in the Russian Cyrillic alphabet, it was used as a symbol of victory in the Ukrainian War. Russian tanks and military vehicles also have the ‘Z’ symbol engraved on them as they wreak havoc in Ukraine.



Reacting to Kuliak’s actions, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said it would ask the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation to take disciplinary action against the Russian gymnast while calling his behavior “shocking”. The FIG had already announced that Russian and Belarusian athletes, officials and judges will no longer be allowed to participate in FIG-related events from Monday 7 March.

“The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) confirms that it will ask the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Ivan Kuliak following his shocking behavior during the Apparatus World Cup in Doha, Qatar,” said the FIG in a press release.

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“The FIG adopted new measures against Russia and Belarus on March 4. From March 7, 2022, Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials, including judges, are no longer allowed to participate in FIG competitions or FIG-sanctioned competitions,” he added.

Several sports bodies, including the International Olympic Committee, FIFA and UEFA, sanctioned Russia following the invasion of Ukraine. Sports bodies have banned Russia from hosting events and banned Russian athletes from participating in sports events. organized by them.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has drawn widespread criticism from around the world as millions of Ukrainians have had to flee their country due to the war.


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