Olympic champion Russian swimmer Yevgeny Rilov was suspended for nine months today because he appeared at a rally in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin and military intervention in Ukraine.
Last month, at a rally in support of Putin in Moscow, Rilov stood on stage with other Olympic medalists in other sports and wore a jacket with the letter “Z” written on it, a symbol of support for Russian soldiers marking armored vehicles in Ukraine’s war. .
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has said it acknowledges an earlier unpublished decision by the Disciplinary Council to suspend Rilov, due to his presence and behavior at an event held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow last month.
Rilov won two Olympic gold medals in Tokyo last summer.
His suspension began on Wednesday and is valid for all international competitions.
Earlier, Fina excluded athletes from Russia and Belarus from the competition, and that punishment will last until the end of the year.
Fina’s competence includes a number of water sports, including swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming.