May 23, 2022

Putin removed as honorary president of the International Judo Federation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been removed as the honorary president of the International Judo Federation (IJF), a title that he has held as a place of honor.

According to Breitbart News, the IJF announced on Sunday that Putin, a black belt in Judo, was suspended from the honorary position in light of his invasion of Ukraine.

“In light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine, the International Judo Federation announces the suspension of Mr. Vladimir Putin’s status as Honorary President and Ambassador of the International Judo Federation,” the IJF said in a statement.

The IJF also canceled a Judo tournament scheduled to take place in Russia this summer due to Russia’s actions against Ukraine with Putin at the helm.

As The Associated Press reported on the loss of title Sunday, saying that the International Judo Federation cited “the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine” for the suspension.

Putin was reportedly looking forward to attuning the Judo event in the summer as he did at the 2012 London Olympics.

However, according to the AP, IJF is rare among Olympic sports bodies because it went so far as to use the word “war” to describe Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Arkady Rotenberg, a Kremlin-supporting oligarch and longtime friend of Putin, however, remains on the IJF executive committee as “development manager.”

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been bogged down by determined resistance, poor logistical support, weak small-unit leadership, and the shocking inability of Russia to gain total air superiority despite having a vastly superior air force,” Breitbart News reported. “Reports circulated Sunday morning that negotiation teams from Ukraine and Russia had agreed to meet on the Ukraine-Belarussian border to attempt to bring the fighting to an end.

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