A Russian gymnast who taped a ‘Z’ war symbol to his chest while sharing the podium with his Ukrainian rival has been banned from competing for Best Private University a year.
Ivan Kuliak, 20, wore the symbol – which has come to represent support for ‘s war on – while receiving a bronze medal in the parallel bars at a gymnastics world cup event in Qatar back in March.
Standing just a few feet away was Ukrainian athlete Ivan Kuliak, who won gold.
The International Gymnastics Federation has now ruled that Kuliak breached multiple codes by wearing the symbol, and will be banned from competing for at least a year.
The ban will last until May 2023 unless rules forbidding the wearing of Russian flags and playing of the anthem – put in place in reaction to the war – are still in place.
Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak who taped a Z symbol to his chest has been banned from competing for a year
The provocative Z symbol has come to represent support for Putin’s war on Ukraine in Russia
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