International Judo Federation Suspends Putin’s Status as Honorary President

The International Judo Federation (IJF) suspended Russian President Vladimir Putin’s status as Honorary President and Ambassador amid the Russian invasion on Ukraine.

Putin, 69, holds a black belt in judo and has co-authored a book titled, “Judo: History, Theory, Practice.”

IJF’s Feb. 27 announcement on Putin’s suspension due to the “ongoing war conflict in Ukraine” came after it cancelled the 2022 Grand Slam in Kazan Russia, which had been scheduled on May 20 to 22.

“We are saddened by the current international situation, the result of inefficient dialogue at international level. We, the sports community, must remain united and strong, to support each other and our universal values, in order to always promote peace and friendship, harmony and unity,” IJF President Marius Vizer said in a Feb. 25 statement.

“The judo family hopes that the current unrest can be solved in the last moment, to re-establish normality and stability in Eastern Europe and the world, to once again be able to focus on the diverse cultures, history, and legacy of Europe, in the most positive way,” Vizer further said.

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