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Mon Mar 7, 2022, 12:51 PM

Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak facing ban for pro-invasion symbol on podium

Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak is expected to be investigated after displaying a symbol on his uniform supporting the invasion of Ukraine.

Kuliak taped the "Z" symbol, seen on Russian tanks and military vehicles in Ukraine and embraced by supporters of the war, to his vest for a medal ceremony at a World Cup event on Saturday in Doha, Qatar. He took bronze in parallel bars and stood next to a gold medallist from Ukraine.

The International Gymnastics Federation, known as FIG, denounced the "shocking behaviour" by Kuliak and pledged to ask its independent integrity unit to investigate.

"We can confirm that [FIG] has informed us that they will formally be seeking the opening of disciplinary proceedings against male artistic gymnast Ivan Kuliak," the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation said Monday.

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Kuliak, a former national junior all-around champion who did not compete at the Tokyo Olympics, now faces a ban under the FIG disciplinary code. The code allows gymnasts to be punished for acts that "behave in an offensive way," "damage the image of gymnastics" or "demonstrate anti-sport behaviour."

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https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/gymnastics/ivan-kuliak-russian-gymnast-war-ukraine-1.6375613

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Reply Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak facing ban for pro-invasion symbol on podium (Original post)
Spazito Mar 2022 OP
SheltieLover Mar 2022 #1
Spazito Mar 2022 #3
SheltieLover Mar 2022 #4
Spazito Mar 2022 #7
SheltieLover Mar 2022 #8
Walleye Mar 2022 #2
Spazito Mar 2022 #5
Walleye Mar 2022 #9
SheltieLover Mar 2022 #10
SheltieLover Mar 2022 #6
NewDayOranges Mar 2022 #11
Spazito Mar 2022 #12

Response to Spazito (Original post)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 12:53 PM

1. Disgusting putin supporter(s) should never have been allowed to compete



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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 12:56 PM

3. It was timing, unfortunately..

the exclusion of all Russian and Belarus gymnasts didn't take effect until today. It should have happened earlier, imo, but at least it is in place now.

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Response to Spazito (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 12:57 PM

4. Sadly, the decision makers were incapable of "effective immediately!"



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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 12:58 PM

7. Totally agree!

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Response to Spazito (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 01:01 PM

8. If they were in the middle of traveling, turn your putin supporting ass around & go home!

Easy peasey.

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Response to Spazito (Original post)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 12:55 PM

2. I'm feel bad for them but I think all Russian athletes should be banned permanently from internation

International competition. They’ve been caught cheating so many times anyway. After the invasion they deserve no recognition or courtesy from any other countries

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Response to Walleye (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 12:57 PM

5. I agree...

They should have been banned even before the attack on Ukraine given the doping that has occurred for years.

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Response to Spazito (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 01:01 PM

9. It's really not that hard to play by the rules.Those who don't are just assholes

I have no respect for anybody who cheats at sports, especially golf, like you-know-who, where you’re only competing against yourself

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Response to Spazito (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 01:01 PM

10. Absolutely!

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Response to Walleye (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 12:57 PM

6. Absolutely!

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Response to Spazito (Original post)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 01:13 PM

11. Maybe his family's safety was threatened if he DIDN'T

flash support for Putin?

Maybe somebody threatened to make his Mom fall out of a window of he didn't sport that Z...

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Response to NewDayOranges (Reply #11)

Mon Mar 7, 2022, 01:23 PM

12. I doubt it, one only has to look at the arrogant look

on his face to see he is very proud of what he did with the Z.

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