Evgeny Rylov appeared at an event featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week
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Beijing Olympic Games double champion Evgeny Rylov will not appear at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, the Russian has said in a move designed to show support for his compatriots who have been barred from the Paralympics and other major sporting competitions because of the attack on Ukraine.
The 25-year-old made the announcement on social media a day after it emerged that he had lost a sponsorship deal with Speedo because he appeared at an event featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week.
“In support of the Russian Paralympic athletes, in support of all Russian athletes who have been suspended from international competitions, I refuse to go to the 2022 World Championships this summer,” Rylov told his thousands of online fans in a statement issued “due to the current situation in the world”.
“I believe that by losing competition, the development of sports is lost. No matter how sad it may sound, the sport cannot move without worthy competitors.”