The International Gymnastics Federation has suspended the president of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics and the head coach of the Russian national team, Irina Viner, from work in international competitions for two years.
“Winer is not permitted to participate in or be accredited for any role in international competition, including serving as a coach, head of delegation, or other official role at any event under the auspices of the International Gymnastics Federation,” the press release reads.
According to the federation’s statement, the decision was made following an investigation related, among other things, to Wiener’s statements following the results of the Tokyo Olympics, which the disciplinary commission considered insulting and violating the rules of the federation. Then Wiener criticized the refereeing about the marks that Russian athletes received in the individual all-around.
Viner’s suspension will begin on the day the sanctions against Russian gymnastics imposed due to the war in Ukraine are lifted.
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