Putin stripped of taekwondo black belt and honorary judo title

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Russian President Vladimir Putin falls during judo trainings at Yug Sport complex in Sochi, Russia, February 14, 2019. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin falls for the duration of judo trainings at Yug Activity advanced in Sochi, Russia, February 14, 2019. 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has prolonged been a proponent of cautiously staged athletic activities in which he gets to dominate quite possibly terrified opponents. When he is played in exhibition hockey games, for occasion, he is averaged about 10 plans, even even though the video games took area when he was in his mid- and late-60s.

Putin is also a major supporter of taekwondo and judo, and does look to be a little superior at both than he is at hockey, for whatever it’s value (really tiny). There is footage of him flipping a couple sparring companions, and he even co-wrote a guide about judo at the time upon a time.

But in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has kicked off a sequence of financial sanctions throughout the West, even the taekwondo and judo groups that formerly bestowed specific titles on Putin are pulling back on their endorsements. 1st, on Sunday, each the International Judo Federation and European Judo Federation declared they had been suspending Putin from his roles as honorary president and ambassador.


A day later on, Entire world Taekwondo took an even firmer stance. 

“World Taekwondo strongly condemns the brutal assaults on harmless life in Ukraine, which go in opposition to the World Taekwondo eyesight of ‘Peace is More Cherished than Triumph’ and the Earth Taekwondo values of respect and tolerance,” the group wrote. “In this regard, Planet Taekwondo has determined to withdraw the honorary 9th dan black belt conferred to Mr. Vladimir Putin in November 2013.”

The Global Olympic Committee (IOC) has also announced that it truly is revoking Putin’s 2001 Olympic Buy (its leading honor), and has recommended that Russian athletes be excluded from global competitors.