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Viner Gets Warning from FIG
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The FIG has given Russian rhythmic gymnastics coach Irina Viner an official warning for statements she made to the media in 2007, the federation announced Monday.

The FIG Disciplinary Commission summoned Viner for a hearing June 15 in Lausanne, prompting speculation that the coach could be officially sanctioned. In April, the FIG handed Viner's Ukrainian rival, Irina Deryugina, an eight-year ban for violating numerous FIG statutes.

In a release, the FIG stated that it began an investigation of Viner in April concerning statements she made after the 2007 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, held in September in Patras, Greece.

"The statements in question could notably damage the image of gymnastics and affect the dignity of judges and affiliated federations. As such, this could be an infringement of art. 5 of the FIG Code of Discipline," the federation stated.

At the 2007 World Championships, the Russian gymnasts lost the individual all-around title for the first time since 1997. After Ukrainian Anna Bessonova won the title over Russians Vera Sesina and Olga Kapranova, Viner blamed the results on biased judging.

"If the individual competition had not concluded with the all-around final, then it would have come out completely differently," Viner said following the competition. "After my girls won five gold medals, someone hinted that the world championships were not an all-Russian competition. So the judges artifically decided to pull up Anna Bessonova over Sesina... After the all-around results, I worried for the outcome of the group tournament, and undertook the necessary measures to ensure that this situation does not happen again."

The FIG stated that Viner had apologized for her remarks that "may have been misinterpreted and reported by the media in a manner that could damage the judges and gymnastics."

Stated the FIG, "Having considered the circumstances of the case, the Presidential Commission, based on art. 10 of the FIG Code of Discipline and art. 42.2 (a) of the Statutes, has decided to pronounce a warning against Mrs Viner. The warning is the lowest sanction foreseen in the FIG Statutes."

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FIG Delays Viner Verdict (June 17, 2008)
Viner Faces Disciplinary Commission, Possible Sanctions (June 14, 2008)
FIG Suspends Deryugina till 2016 (April 22, 2008)

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