Olympic swimming champion Evgeny Rylov suspended for nine months after attending Vladimir Putin-hosted rally

Olympic swimming champion Evgeny Rylov suspended for nine months after attending Vladimir Putin-hosted rally

The 25-year-old, who won gold in 100 and 200 metres backstroke events at last year's Tokyo Olympics, was among several athletes who attended a massive rally at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium last month hosted by President Vladimir Putin.

Rylov and other athletes wore the letter 'Z' on their outfit, an identifying symbol used by supporters of what Russia calls its "special military operation" in Ukraine.

FINA said the suspension came "following Mr. Rylov's attendance and conduct at an event held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow".

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