Russian swimmers call for action after Turkish star shares flag – RT Sport News


Ukrainian-born swimmer Viktoria Gunes posted someone standing on the Russian flag via Instagram Stories

Russian swimmers have called on their sport’s world governing body, FINA, to intervene after a Ukrainian-born Turkish rival uploaded a photo of a person standing on the Russian flag to social media.

Viktoria Gunes was born in Poltava, Ukraine, in 1998 but became a Turkish citizen in 2014. On her Instagram Stories on Friday, she posted a photo where someone is standing on the Russian national flag.

This caught the attention of Russian swimmers such as six-time Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Kliment Kolesnikov, European Swimming Championships gold medalist Vladislav Grinev and recent Beijing 2020 athlete Maxim Stupin , who was a teammate of Gunes at Energy Standard before Russian athletes were banned. international competitions in response to the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

Kolesnikov, who was also on Energy Standard, shared the Stories post and added two question marks either side of an emoji of a man raising his hands in confusion.

But Stupin and Grinev were much more vocal and left the same message which asked: “Where are the limits of the authorized behavior of athletes?”

“If you decide it is humane to remove Russian athletes from participating in international competitions, then act here as well. Nationalism is UNACCEPTABLE in any form,” he added. they said, while tagging, as Kolesnikov, a number of bodies such as FINA, the European Swimming Federation (LEN), the International Swimming League (ISL) as well as Team Energy.

FINA has been busy this week regarding Russian swimmers after finally announcing a ban on their participation in international events much later than other sports federations.

The body has also opened an investigation into Tokyo 2020 double gold medalist Evgeny Rylov, who is suspected of potentially breaking their rules due to “alleged involvement” in a Moscow concert which celebrated the reunification of Crimea with Russia and took place under a “For a world without Nazism” banner.

“The FINA Executive has requested that the panel process be expedited,” the governing body added in a statement announcing the blanket ban, although the Russian Swimming Federation says its correspondence from FINA was poorly worded and that “the possibility of participating in other events is theoretically preserved”.

FINA will now review each specific case for Russian participation.” Vladimir Salnikov told Match TV about his involvement in events beyond the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest this summer.


But Rylov, who also lost his Speedo sponsorship, had already ruled himself out of the competition ahead of FINA’s announcement to protest the exclusion of Russian athletes from the Paralympic Games in Beijing earlier in March.

“I believe that by losing the competition, the development of the sport is lost. As sad as it may seem, the sport cannot evolve without worthy competitors”, Rylov, 25, announced on social media as he revealed his boycott.


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