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"To Understand Whether It Was Right, You Need To Be In The Same Situation They Were," Russian Olympic Champion Nikita Nagornyy On Ivan Kuliak

Russian Tokyo Olympic champion Nikita Nagornyy weighed in on Ivan Kuliak's behavior at the 2022 Doha World Cup earlier this month. Kulia...


Russian Tokyo Olympic champion Nikita Nagornyy weighed in on Ivan Kuliak's behavior at the 2022 Doha World Cup earlier this month.

Kuliak sparked controversy when he wore the Russian pro war symbol 'Z' on his chest while competing at the 2022 Doha World Cup.

The 20 year old gymnast continued to wear the symbol while sharing the podium with Ukrainian gymnast and gold medalist Illia Kovtun.

"To understand whether it was right, you need to be in the same situation they were. They were far from their homeland, away from their relatives and friends. There were provocations and so on. No one can judge anyone here. His act was his own choice," Nagornyy told matchtv.ru according to Solnishko's translation.

"I hope that [the case regarding] his exclusion won't be delayed. Plus other coaches were also excluded - the head coach & a coach who is the personal coach of another gymnast. Many unfair decisions. Let's hope that with this lawsuit we can change the situation in our favor," he continued.

The Russian Federation has been sending their lawyers in order to improve the outcome of the disciplinary hearing.

Nagornyy is now preparing for the Russian championships, which will be held next month.

Photo: Nagornyy/Telegram

 

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