Russian artistic gymnast Ivan Kuliak was sanctioned for wearing the letter Z on his shirt in support of his country's army during the 2022 Gymnastics World Cup held in Doha.
The Disciplinary Commission of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) announced that Ivan Kuliak was disqualified from the Doha World Cup, held last March and in which he won a bronze medal and an economic prize of 500 Swiss francs (500 dollars). Ivan will have to return the money and pay the costs of the entire procedure.
Kuliak will not be able to participate for one year in any competition organized by the International Gymnastics Federation. Russian and Belarusian gymnasts have been banned from future competitions as one of the sanctions for the war in Ukraine.