Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak has faced backlash from the international community after publicly endorsing the Russian military's actions in Ukraine.
Kuliak made a controversial statement by wearing a uniform with the letter "Z" emblazoned on it, which many have interpreted as a symbol of the Russian military's invasion of Ukraine. His decision to wear the uniform with that symbol has sparked outrage and condemnation from both the Ukrainian and international communities.
As a result, Kuliak has been disqualified from competing for one year as punishment for his actions. This serves as a clear reminder that athletes must adhere to certain ethical and moral standards, including respect for other nations and their sovereignty.