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International Judo Federation suspends Putin as its honorary president

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a judo training session at the Yug-Sport sport and training complex in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, February 14, 2019. (Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a judo training session at the Yug-Sport sport and training complex in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, February 14, 2019. (Reuters)
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27 Feb 2022 03:02:17 GMT9
27 Feb 2022 03:02:17 GMT9

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TOKYO: The International Judo Federation (IJF) decided on Sunday to suspend the status of IJF Honorary Chairman and Goodwill Ambassadorship previously granted to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a result of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Putin has been familiar with judo since childhood and is recognized as an eighth-dan, a very high-ranking practitioner. He has also written a book on Judo, and when he came to Japan, he visited the headquarters of Judo at the Kodokan (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo).

In addition, according to a TBS report, he has maintained a close relationship with IJF Chairman Marius Vizer and with Yasuhiro Yamashita, Chairman of both the All-Japan Judo Federation and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC).

On the 25th of this month, the IJF announced the cancellation of the Grand Slam, a tournament scheduled for May in Kazan, Central Russia, but did not directly mention Russia at that time, saying, “We are deeply saddened by the international situation, one that has resulted through insufficient dialogue between countries.”

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