Recently, the International Judo Federation (IJF) has decided to strip the title of honorary president of the Russian president – Vladimir Putin.
The International Judo Federation deprives Mr Putin of the honorary presidency
The homepage of the International Judo Federation (IJF) briefly announced: “Amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the International Judo Federation announces the suspension of the role of Honorary President and Ambassador of the Judo Federation of the Judo Federation. International of Vladimir Putin”.
In particular, this announcement is also attached to the announcement of the cancellation of the 2022 Grand Salm Judo tournament to be held in Russia (May) and a series of news with the message “Judo for peace”.
Judo Federation President Marius Vizer said: “We are saddened by the current international situation, the result of ineffective dialogue at the international level. We as a sports community must unite and strong and supportive of each other and our universal values, to always promote peace and friendship, harmony and unity.
The judo family hopes that the current unrest can be resolved at the last moment to re-establish normalcy and stability in Eastern Europe and the world. All can once again focus on Europe’s diverse cultures, history and heritage in the most positive way.”
It is known that Putin practiced judo at the age of 11 and received an 8th dan black belt (the highest rank belt) in 2012. Before receiving the belt 4 years (2008), Putin was named honorary president of the IJF, which is also the honorary president of the IJF. is his most senior official position in world sports.
Currently, the Federations are simultaneously depriving Russia of the right to host tournaments organized by Russia such as the 2022 Chess Olympiad, the 2021-2022 Champions League football final, the 2022 Grand Slam Judo, the Volleyball Nations League, etc.
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