World Taekwondo Strips Putin of His Black Belt Over Ukraine Invasion

World Taekwondo stripped Russian President Vladimir Putin of his black belt over his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The international governing body of the sport on Feb. 28 condemned the Russian invasion as “brutal attacks” that go against its motto of “Peace is More Precious than Triumph” and its values of respect and tolerance.

“In this regard, World Taekwondo has decided to withdraw the honorary 9th dan black belt conferred to Mr. Vladimir Putin in November 2013,” the governing body said.

World Taekwondo also said that no Russian flags or anthems will be displayed or played at their events, as well as those of Belarus, a close Russian ally, in line with recommendations from the International Olympic Committee.

World Taekwondo added that they and the European Taekwondo Union will not organize or recognize taekwondo events in Russia and Belarus.

The move by World Taekwondo came a day after the International Judo Federation suspended Putin as its honorary president and ambassador.

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