Russian diver Nikita Shleikher is facing widespread criticism due to his affiliation with the Armed Forces of Russia and his membership in the Central Sports Club of the Army (CSKA). Shleikher, who is contracted by the military and represents CSKA, is now under scrutiny for his connections to military structures during Russia's ongoing war against Ukraine.
Critics argue that Shleikher's involvement with the military amid a period of intense war contradicts the principles of fair play and sportsmanship upheld by international sporting events. His association with the armed forces has raised significant doubts about his eligibility to participate in future international competitions.
As discussions surrounding his continued participation in international sports intensify, Shleikher's case highlights the increasingly complex intersection of sports and geopolitics in Russia.