Russian artistic gymnast Ivan Kuliak displayed the letter "Z" on the front of his outfit. Russian forces have used the letter as an identifying symbol on their vehicles in Ukraine.

The 20-year-old, who won bronze in the parallel bars at the Apparatus World Cup in Doha, displayed the letter as he stood on the podium next to Ukrainian gold medallist Illia Kovtun.

Russian forces have used the letter “Z” as an identifying symbol on their vehicles in Ukraine following the invasion, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”. Some supporters of the invasion have also used the sign.

“Mr Kuliak breached the FIG Statutes, the FIG Code of Discipline, the FIG Code of Ethics, the FIG Code of Conduct and the FIG Technical Regulations when he wore the letter ‘Z’ on his singlet,” the governing body said in a statement on Tuesday.

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