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Swimming’s world governing body FINA said on Friday it had suspended Russian Olympic gold medalist Evgeny Rylov for nine months after he attended a rally in Moscow in support of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.
Rylov, who won gold in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics last year, was among several athletes who attended a massive rally at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium last month hosted by President Vladimir Putin .
Rylov and other athletes wore the letter “Z” on their gear, an identifying symbol used by supporters of what Russia calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.
FINA said the suspension came “as a result of Mr. Rylov’s attendance and conduct at an event held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.”
There was no immediate reaction from Rylov, who also lost his sponsorship deal with swimwear manufacturer Speedo due to his presence at the rally.
FINA has already canceled all of its events scheduled to take place in Russia and has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from participating in its competitions until the end of the year.

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