Evgeny Rylov: FINA investigates Russian swimmer competing in national championships despite being disqualified

FINA announced on April 21 that it had suspended the twice Olympic champion for participating in a demonstration organized by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in March.

The demonstration commemorated the eighth year of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, considered illegal by the Ukrainian government and not recognized in the West.

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“FINA is aware that Mr. Rylov competed in the Russian Championships this weekend and has initiated an internal review to ascertain whether FINA sanctions or rules have been violated,” the organization told CNN in a statement. . “The outcome of this review will be announced in due course.”

Rylov, gold medalist in 100 meters and 200 meters backstroke at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, said in March that he would not participate in the world championships, which will be held from 18 June to 3 July, in support of Russian athletes. bandits.

When Rylov declared his refusal to participate in the world championships, FINA was one of the few governing bodies of the sport to still allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutral after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Following Rylov’s announcement, FINA confirmed that athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus could not take part in this year’s World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

On Thursday, FINA said in a statement that Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials will not be invited to any FINA competitions for the remainder of 2022. Belarus is a key staging area for the invasion.

CNN reached out to Rylov and the Russian swimming federation for comment.