Russian diver Mariia Poliakova is facing growing condemnation over her affiliation with the Armed Forces of Russia and her membership in the Central Sports Club of the Army (CSKA). Poliakova, who is contracted by the military and represents CSKA, has come under intense scrutiny due to her connections with military structures during Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine.
Critics argue that Poliakova's involvement with the military during a period of brutal war contradicts the principles of fair play and sportsmanship upheld by international sporting events. Her association with the armed forces has led to significant questions about her eligibility to participate in future international competitions.
As discussions regarding her continued involvement in international sports intensify, Poliakova's case underscores the growing intersection of sports and geopolitics in Russia.