Swimming’s world governing physique FINA is investigating after Russian swimmer Evgeny Rylov competed on the nationwide championships whereas serving a ban for showing at a rally in assist of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The double Olympic backstroke gold medalist was handed a nine-month ban from the competitors by FINA final week however was within the pool on Sunday night to race on the opening day of the nationwide championships.
“FINA is conscious that Mr. Rylov competed within the Russian Championships this weekend and has launched an inside evaluation to determine whether or not FINA sanctions or guidelines have been damaged,” FINA stated in an emailed assertion. “The end result of this evaluation will probably be introduced sooner or later.”
Rylov was one in every of a bunch of Russian athletes who appeared on stage eventually month’s rally in Moscow, which included an deal with by Putin and speeches backing navy motion.
FINA stated final week that Rylov’s ban applies to “all competitions and actions organized or sanctioned by FINA”. The evaluation of Rylov’s case is prone to take into account whether or not the nationwide championships fall into that class.
Russian Swimming Federation president Vladimir Salnikov, who has claimed Rylov’s ban was motivated by political bias, instructed state broadcaster Match TV on Saturday that the nationwide championships didn’t depend as a FINA occasion.