Vladimir Putin has been suspended as honorary president and ambassador of the International Judo Federation as the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues.
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International Judo Federation [IFJ] suspended Russian President Vladimir Putin amid Russian aggression Ukraine.
In a statement, they said: “Amid the ongoing war-torn conflict in Ukraine, the International Judo Federation has announced the suspension of Mr. Vladimir Putin as the Honorary President and Ambassador of the International Judo Federation. ”
Putin, 69, has long been involved with the sport and regularly attends IJF events – including the 2017 World Championships in Budapest and last year’s event in Baku.
He also watched judo events alongside incumbent president Marius Vizer during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
That same year, he became the first Russian to be awarded 8th degree by the IJF.
Along with the statement, Vizer also clarified the decision by saying that Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine contradicts the values of the sport.
He said in Sportsmail.
“We, the sports community, must be united and strong, supporting each other and our universal values, to always promote peace and friendship, harmony and unity.
“The judo family hopes that the current unrest can be resolved at the last moment, to re-establish normalcy and stability in Eastern Europe and the world, so that it can once again focus on Europe’s diverse cultures, history and heritage, in a most positive way.”
News after the federation confirmed the Grand Slam 2022 in Kazan, RussiaOriginally scheduled to begin May 20, was cancelled.
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