LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian Olympic gold medalist swimmer Evgeny Rylov has been banned from the game for 9 months for appearing at a rally in support of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Rylov stood on stage with medalists from different Olympic sports activities at the event last 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 an emblem of assist for Russian troops after it was used as a marker on Russian armored automobiles working in Ukraine.
A quick assertion from swimming’s world governing physique, FINA, on Thursday stated it “acknowledged” an earlier, as but unpublished ruling from a disciplinary panel to ban Rylov “following Mr.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 group on the Olympics in Tokyo final yr with two gold medals. His ban started on Wednesday and covers any worldwide competitors. The impact on Rylov is more likely to be largely symbolic since FINA additionally prolonged its determination to exclude rivals from Russia and its ally Belarus from all worldwide occasions for the rest of 2022. He additionally misplaced a sponsorship take care of Speedo final month.
FINA beforehand banned Russia and Belarus from the world championships in Hungary in June however left it potential for them to enter different occasions. On the time, FINA stated 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 is not going to be invited to any FINA occasion by means of the tip of 2022,” FINA stated on Thursday. FINA’s remit covers a spread of aquatic sports activities together with swimming, diving, water polo and inventive swimming.
Worldwide Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach indicated he backs disciplinary measures in opposition to athletes similar to Rylov.
“The IOC president made it clear that the IOC helps sanctions in opposition to anyone within the Olympic neighborhood who’s in assist of the warfare, and continues to watch the state of affairs,” the IOC stated on Friday in an announcement on a gathering Bach held with Ukrainian sports activities officers.
The IOC has beforehand urged occasion organizers to bar Russian and Belarusian athletes and groups from their competitions, or, Bach stated final month “in particular circumstances to a minimum of prohibit any identification of their nationality.”
There was no phrase of any disciplinary investigations in opposition to the opposite Russian athletes from sports activities together with determine skating, gymnastics and snowboarding who additionally appeared on the March 18 rally.